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Be an Informed Voter: Voter Research Resources

Tips for Being an Informed Voter

Citizen Literacy was created by Robert Detmering, Amber Willenborg, and Terri Holtze for University of Louisville Libraries CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

Research Candidates and Issues Before you Vote

Before you mail your ballot or go to the polls, make an informed choice about your candidates and the issues. Review the resources and links on this page for more information.

  • Candidates' websites, social media platforms, speeches and debates
  • Endorsements (public support of a candidate)
  • Press coverage and reports from newspapers, television, radio, and social media
  • Political ads and mailings
  • Voting records for incumbents (those looking to be re-elected)
  • Attend to a town hall, constituent meeting, or debate.

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Federal legislators: See how they voted in GovTrack Voting Records.

State legislators: Minnesota Legislator Voting Records and Ratings

County office (commissioner, sheriff, attorney): Go to the county website and review county board actions and meeting information.

City and township office (mayor, city council): Go the city or township’s website and review any information available from their meetings. Local newspapers may have articles.

School board: Go to the school system’s Board of Education website and review any information available from their meetings. Local newspapers may have articles.

Judgeship: Look for an individual judge's website (especially if they are running for election). Minnesota Judicial Elections from Ballotpedia.

Library Resources - Newspapers & Databases

Nonpartisan Election & Voting Resources

Reputable Fact-checking Sites

Campaign Finance

Topical Reports

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