Voter Information and Resources
With the 2016 clusterf*ck, er election, nearing, many of us have struggled to turn away from the train wreck that has become the presidential race. But we must, because each state has a number of important other issues to settle. If you live in California, this year you will help decide on 17 separate propositions ranging from education to the death penalty. This is in addition to local measures (a whopping 14 if you’re in San Diego County). That’s a lot of issues, and the arguments for and against these propositions can quickly become overwhelming.
To help untangle this mess of complexities, we are posting a 2016 election mini-series consisting of some compiled voter resources, as well as summaries of a few issues that pertain to science, health, and environment. Below is Part 1: resources & voting information. Stay tuned this week for proposition posts written by Hannah Rosenblatt, a budding developmental biologist, who has composed some thoughtful, informed summaries. To be clear, we will not provide partisan voter recommendations: you should vote your values and priorities. These resources are simply a way to gain familiarity with issues to consider when making your ballot decisions.
Resources & Voting Information:
- FiveThirtyEight's latest election forecast
- Voter's Edge voting guide (the best one I've seen), containing:
- In-depth information about candidates & ballot measures
- Local and nationwide resources
- Links to news coverage of different issues
- Your polling place location
- Other basic voting information
- Ballotpedia information on candidates and measures
- Things to know on voting day
- Completely biased voter guides (& a disclaimer):
- San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters
- Los Angeles Progressive Voter Guide
- San Diego Free Press Progressive Voter Guide
- Planned Parenthood Voter Guide
- Democratic Party of Los Angeles Endorsements
- Green Party of Los Angeles Endorsements for Measures and Candidates
- Libertarian Party of California Endorsements for Measures and Candidates
- Republican Party of Los Angeles Endorsements
I dislike the idea of simply copying someone else’s opinions. Rather, I like to read opinions expressed by different groups with known political leanings, then gauge my level of agreement or frustration with their reasoning. This can help me revise and broaden my existing opinions, as well as form clear positions on issues toward which I was previously ambivalent.