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October 8, 2013

Editorial: Get to know local candidates

People in the North Country have many avenues to get informed before Election Day. All they have to do is make the effort.

No one has to walk into the voting booth and start guessing at who might do a good job. You have media reports, forums, debates, letters, brochures, candidate visits, websites and other means to find out how the people running in your area feel about important issues.

Thanks to a tremendous web effort by Plattsburgh Area League of Women Voters member Suzy Johnson, people in Clinton and Essex counties now have access to Vote411.org, a website packed with election and candidate information.

The website, like the league itself, is non-partisan, so you know the listings are not biased. The site provides listings of about 270 candidates for around 140 races in those two counties. The Boards of Election were instrumental in providing data to Johnson as she set up the local tie-ins to the national site, so hats off to them for taking the time to participate.

You can find out exactly what will be listed on the ballot you will see on Election Day. Just go to Vote411.org and fill in your name and address. Then click “Get personalized info,” then “Find my information” and then “Go to my races.”

You will see the ballot propositions that you will encounter on vote day. By clicking “All my races,” you can find a list of candidates — the same ones you will encounter on Election Day.

Candidates were invited to provide photos, biographical information and other data, and many of them have responded.

You can also find out about absentee ballots, election dates, ID requirements, military and overseas voting, polling-place locations, registration deadlines, voter qualifications, registration and more.

You can also find Vote 411 through the league’s website: plattsburgh.ny.lwvnet.org.

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