1. The League of Women Voters, www.lwv.org, is a nonpartisan organization, which provides nonpartisan voter education materials and information resources. Consider trying the above link as well as various state or local league websites for additional information. Primary information is posted, which you can also use as a reference for present candidate statements and positions.
2. Consider visiting the United States Senate site, which will give information on voting record as well as other resources regarding the senators. http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/a_three_sections_with_teasers/votes.htm
3. Look at the ISSUES: Look at proposals for addressing issues. positions on current problems and how to resolve them. Differentiate [words rhetoric and personality] from actual plans and solutions for resolving issues and problems. Look for realistic plans for the future. Are the plans consistent with past voting record. Does the Candidate understanding the history of the present situation will they then move forward with a specific strategic plan.
4. Watch the Debates: Consider recording the debates so you can replay them and compare responses made during the different debates. Observe the candidate’s body language, subtle gestures and speech intonation to get added information about the candidate’s response and feelings. Observe the candidate’s facial and body response to the opponent’s answers. Do not just rely on news commentators interpretations and opinions. Viewing the debate 2 or more times will provide added insight.
5. Consider Foriegn news sources. Frequently US newspapers, radio stations or news commentators favors a particular party and/or candidate. This will allow you to get an international view of the candidates.
6. Include more objective information from sources such as The League of Women Voters, C-Span, public service stations, census data, voting records, the US Senate site, and first hand information.
7. Who’sstatistics are correct? Many times the candidates offer different statistics on the same issue.Some questions for interpreting the candidates statistics: How can the candidates give different statistics on the same issue? Look how the question was worded? When was the data collected, what years or intervals were used? Who collected the data (was it a group or corporation with a vested interest)? What was the sample or who responded to the questions?
8. Do You Have a Biases: If you already have a favorite that is ok but, Just realize it will affect how you evaluate the information about your candidate as well as other candidate(s). Try to keep an open mind, consider all information and use objectivity.
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