Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:42

Your Candidates Know You

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Do you know your candidate

This past weekend I experienced three different visits from political campaign volunteers, each one questioned me about my voting intention in the upcoming election. The unnerving part about their friendly and inquisitive conversations is that they all knew my full name. Moving up the street from house to house they greeted each of my neighbors by their names and asked them to comment on their voting intentions.

The candidates know our household demographic and voting plans.  How much do we know about them, their political background, or their stance on issues that are important to our communities and our lives? Any lack of a knowledgeable required to answer this question can only be the fault of the person providing the response.  Various non-partisan organizations gather bias-free political data on behalf of the voter. Detailed information on any candidates' political view is just a few internet keyword searches away.

With a non-partisan view being my key stipulation,  I  compiled the following  small list of organizations accumulating information ranging from the effect of federal tax hikes to showing a platform comparison of the 2012 presidential candidates.

The Bottom Line

Infusing your power with political knowledge is up to you.


List of Nonpartisan Political Organizations

The Tax Policy Center - www.taxpolicycenter.org

The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. This non-partisan Center is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government. A non-partisan group

The League of Women Voters Organization Sites

Thank you to Sandra Trutt of the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles, CA for providing the League of Women Voters organization links.

 League of Women Voters – www.lwv.org

 The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.The League of Women Voters Education Fund works to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government and to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

 vote411.org - http://www.vote411.org

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.

Smart Voter - www.smartvoter.org                 

Smart Voter provides nonpartisan information on elections and voting. Our goal is to offer the complete list of all contests on your ballot including local offices. Where possible we obtain this information by a collaboration of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters with election officials to present an accurate and complete ballot.

 US Political Conventions and Campaigns  http://conventions.cps.neu.edu/

Northeastern University is pleased to present “US Political Conventions and Campaigns” as an educational tool for anyone who would like an engaging and in-depth description of the themes and events that have helped shape American political history.

 


 

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