But where can you get meaningful information to help you make the right choices if you’re like Peppers café cashier Naomi Kautsch and want your voice to be heard?
A candidate’s own website is often a good source. There are other sources, however, that can be helpful as well.
- Ballotpedia: http://ballotpedia.org/ This is a trove of information, particularly for incumbents, listing committee assignments, top contributors and endorsements, as well as “report cards” by interest groups.
- Project Vote Smart http://votesmart.org/ Type in your zip code and research a list of politicians who represent you, from Congress to statewide candidates and local candidates.
- Ballot initiatives: http://lwvaz.org/files/2014lwvguide.pdf The guide provides background, as well as pro and con arguments, on the three statewide ballot propositions, including a question on legislative salaries and the use of investigational drugs for terminally ill patients.
- Ballot question on building a new animal shelter: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=83071 Pima County is not allowed to advocate for the shelter, but can provide factual information on the effort to renovate and rebuild the County’s only open admission animal shelter.
- Media coverage: Access the Arizona Daily Star’s election coverage at http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/ or stories by Arizona Public Media at https://news.azpm.org/yourvote2014/