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VOTE411.org (VOTE411) is a nationwide online network of electoral information that is made possible by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). The LWVEF has long been a trusted source of objective and nonpartisan information about candidates and issues. VOTE411 is an innovative voter information resource that provides citizens across the country with nonpartisan educational information and addresses the issues foremost in the minds of American voters.
VOTE411 will host online voters’ guides for candidates. The purpose is to educate the nation’s electorate in a nonpartisan manner, and to stimulate voter interest and participation in the electoral process. In an effort to use technology to further its educational goals, the LWVEF has developed the following suggested guidelines for state and local League use in the VOTE411 2011 project, which includes online presentations of candidates’ views on issues. These guidelines are designed to apply established principles governing voter education activities to “online” projects.
Leagues participating in the VOTE411 project are strongly encouraged to adopt a set of criteria and operating procedures based on the following suggested guidelines and adapt them to meet the legal requirements of the relevant jurisdictions. Upon adoption, the sponsoring League is asked to send a copy to the attention of the VOTE411 Administrator at the League's national office.
In such instances the sponsoring League shall use one of the following two criteria to identify those candidates eligible to participate:
1) Candidate has filed official paperwork to run for office with the appropriate election officials.
2) Candidate has filed official paperwork with the appropriate elections officials (i.e. state/municipal/county/city), to establish a campaign committee and/or begin raising or spending campaign funds.
Leagues that begin VOTE411 election coverage prior to the close of the filing period must establish both the date on which they will initiate coverage and a schedule (e.g. every two weeks) for consulting the relevant election officials to update the list of candidates for any new additions. Once the filing deadline has passed, any person who has not formally registered as a candidate with the relevant election officials shall be dropped from the VOTE411 system.
State and Local League Guidelines Candidate Participation in VOTE411.org 2011