One's vote only holds tremendous value if it expresses the voter's choice and views in regard to candidates and/or propositions that best represent the voter.  The key to casting an effective ballot is access to information about what's on the ballot.  While most campaigns and political parties send out information about their platforms, issues, and candidates there are several sources of objective and non-partisan voter information. 

The primary source of non-partisan voter information is the sample ballot or voter guide produced by statewide or local elections officials.  Very few states mail such information to registered voters, however, most do make the information available on the internet or upon request.  Also, non-partisan civic organizations often compile information about candidates and other initiatives on your ballot.  This section provides you some simple instructions about how to get informed about your ballot before Election Day.

Voter Information Resources:

The League of Women Voters regularly offers a compilation of voter guides with candidate information.

Voter's Edge is also produced by the League of Women Voters of California Educational Fund to provide voters with comprehensive nonpartisan information about the contests on their ballot in an easy-to-use presentation.


Project Vote Smart provides direct links to voter information produced by local elections officials in your county.


The National Association of Secretaries of State has also launched a website dedicated to voter information, "Can I Vote." The website provides direct links to voter information produced by elections officials and other non-partisan organizations.