This newsletter was emailed to our Smart Voter News distribution
list on November 2, 2001:
Smart Resource for County Voters Voters are wading
through lists of candidates and ballot issues to prepare
for the November 6 elections. The League of Women Voters
of California has created SmartVoter.org to offer voters
objective background on the complex issues that appear on
this election's ballots.
"It can be hard for voters to find objective information,"
said Trudell Een, Project Director for Smart Voter. "We
feel it's vital for voters to have easy access to both sides
of any issue, so they can make an informed decision in the
voting booth, a decision they will feel confident about."
Voters can go to http://www.smartvoter.org
to read nonpartisan information about the elections in their
communities, including school and municipal measures, as
well as the candidates who are running for elected positions.
Voters can input their address to find their polling place
and receive a personalized ballot.
A new Smart Voter function added in Sacramento County is
a photograph of polling locations. To see this optional
feature, go to http://www.smartvoter.org/2001/10/23/ca/sac
and click on the bright red "Ballot Example" button.
Smart Voter continues to expand. Voters in Monterey, Riverside,
and Merced counties will find local information for the
November 6 elections. Continuing California counties that
have local election information on Smart Voter include Alameda,
Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles,
Marin, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San
Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Stanislaus,
and Ventura. Ohio has information for Hamilton County which
includes the City of Cincinnati.
Smartvoter.org provides a means for all candidates in participating
counties to publish information about themselves and their
candidacy directly to voters and without cost. Smart Voter
archives feature thousands of candidate profiles and hundreds
of ballot issues from as far back as 1997.