Decision Paralysis?


Vote photo photo  by Theresa ThompsonSo, I'll admit it.

A Daunting Collection

I have an overflowing stack of voter information, mailers from special interest groups, and recommendations from political parties at home. My intention is to review that information as I fill out my absentee ballot.

But I won't be relying on the information that came in the mail. There are a number of information sources online to make the voting process less overwhelming.

9 State + Local Propositions?

Navigating your way through voter information isn't as scary as it seems. You might want to begin with a visit to Easy Voter Guide. Get targeted information in the areas you need, feel inspired by people talking about why voting is important, and more!

SmartVoter by the League of Women Voters offers unbiased information on every item that will appear on your ballot (just fill in your address and it will even remind you of where your polling place is).

Can That be True?

If some of the ads you've seen have you wondering about their "truthiness," investigate on FactCheck, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. They stay busy monitoring the factual accuracy of political speeches, interviews, and television ads.

Newspaper Endorsements

You can also evaluate the endorsements and information provided by the local papers by visiting the San Francisco Chronicle's Election 2010 Coverage and the San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board Recommendations.

Cozy Sunday Curled Up with a Sample Ballot

Happy background searching and enjoy the process of choosing what you think is best for the state of California.

Photo credit: Theresa Thompson

Author Bio:

Carine Risley (library manager) has never lived in a jurisdiction with enough people to warrant its own polling place and so has always been an absentee voter. An absentee voter who typically drops her ballot off in person on election day.

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