Candidate debates have a long history in American Politics. At every level of government – from city government to state legislature, from Congress to President of the United States – candidates participate in debates to help voters understand who they are and what they stand for.

Watching debates is one of the best ways that we can educate ourselves before we head to the voting booth. Luckily, when it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of debate-watching (and having fun while doing it!), LWV has your back.

Whether you already know who you want to vote for or are totally undecided, watching alone or hosting/attending a debate-watching party, here are some tips and information to make sure you get the most of the debate-watching experience.

Download our handy guides below, including: 

  • Tips for hosting a debate watch party
  • Debate Watching 101
  • Tips for evaluating candidates 
  • Sample social media content to join the conversation about debates