There is a new cost-free online superstore for Oregon voters seeking ballot information. The League of Women Voters has launched a comprehensive online non-partisan Election Guide throughout the state.
Anybody can log on to Vote411.org and enter an address. Extensive information on the candidates and ballot measures pertaining to that address is displayed. Voters can read about the candidates and even fill-out a sample ballot to reference when filling out the actual ballot, once it arrives in the mail.
Using the new web-based system, the League communicated with the candidates, who were able to directly enter biographical information and responses to written questions on the Vote411.org website. "Candidates, no matter what their political party, were given the opportunity and encouraged to participate," says State League President Robin Wisdom.
Vote411.org also links to the Oregon Secretary of State's office for full information on voter registration.
Traditional paper non-partisan Voters Guides are still available through Local Leagues across Oregon. Information on a League in your area can be found on the League website lwvor.org.
The League of Women Voters formed in 1920 out of the suffragist movement, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. The League is devoted to the work of informing voters about community issues, candidates and government. "Go to Vote411.org to get informed and remember to vote," says Wisdom.