With the presidential election taking over, well, everything and everyone, it can be easy to forget that every state has a number of important measures on the ballot and there are other elected officials to choose on Tuesday.
Web site Ballotpedia is a collaborative wiki that provides detailed breakdowns of ballot measures and initiatives. With this heated and often divisive election, it’s important to be decisive about more than just the next President (though that, of course, is of the utmost importance). Ballotpedia’s analyses include a variety useful information, including arguments for and against each item. If you haven’t already done the footwork for how you will vote on November 4, Ballotpedia is a great resource to get up to speed.
In Quotes encourages you to find out how the candidates feel on particular issues. Type a term into their search engine and see how Obama and McCain referenced said term in speeches, interviews, and so on.
Run by the non-partisan, non-profit Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org is a reliable and well-respected source for verifying the claims of politicians. Whenever a politician claims that s/he, or his/her opponent, did or didn’t do something, you can track down the truth. Because the site updates pretty quickly with blow-by-blows after debates, major news stories, and other events that demand objective double-checking, this is a great source to have — and keep — under your belt.