League Site Provides Candidate Information for Every Locality Nationwide

Washington – (November 2, 2012) As time closes in on Election Day, the League of Women Voters announced today that its national voter education website, www.VOTE411.org, now has national, state and local candidate information available for every locality nationwide. The website, which has served millions of voters since 2006, also features a national polling place locator as well as important information to help voters prepare to cast a vote. 

“We are pleased to announce that voters everywhere can now use VOTE411 to find out who will be on their ballot this year,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League of Women Voters president. “Even if we think we know all there is to know about the candidates at the top of the ticket, many of us still aren’t sure who we will be choosing between for other important offices like U.S. House and Senate or state legislature.”

“From the president all the way down to our local school boards, our elected officials have incredible influence over the issues and policies that affect our families and communities most. Election Day is our chance to weigh in and take control over what is most important to us.”

Voters can visit www.VOTE411.org and enter their address to find candidate and other information, including where to vote on Election Day. In addition to naming every candidate for federal and state office, hundreds of communities also feature detailed candidate issue statements gathered by League volunteers nationwide.

Multiple studies have shown that many potential voters stay home on Election Day not due to lack of interest, but rather lack of basic information about voting. Lack of knowledge is a particularly major factor contributing to lower voting rates among young Americans, minorities, those without college degrees, and Americans living overseas.

In keeping with the organization’s 92-year-old tradition, League volunteers nationwide have registered tens of thousands of new voters this year and are now promoting important educational information through printed and online voters’ guides and hundreds of local and state candidate debates. The League has also advocated tirelessly for fair, free and accessible elections for all voters and will be watching conditions closely on Election Day.  Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.