League of Women Voters publishes voter guide for August primary

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A UW-Student voting in a previous election.

The League of Women’s Voters of Wisconsin has launched their online voter guide for the state primary elections on August 14.

The online resource, called VOTE411.org, aims to provide voters with nonpartisan candidate information, important voter registration and polling details and other helpful election day information, according to a League of Women Voters press release.

“The most important thing [about the guide] is that there’s information there so people can make their own informed decisions on who they want to vote for,” Eileen Newcomer, Voter Education Coordinator for the League’s Wisconsin chapter, said. “There’s all this information out there on different candidates and it’s hard to find one site that has all the information.”

To ensure the guide is nonpartisan, the League collects information on candidates’ positions through a questionnaire and posts their responses verbatim.

According to Newcomer, the League publishes voter guides on VOTE411 ahead of each election as early as possible.

“Our goal is always to have it published so even early voters and absentee voters have that information ready as soon as the ballot is sent out,” Newcomer said.

Newcomer also said that providing voters with accurate information is especially important now due to voter suppression measures in Wisconsin, including the state’s strict voter ID laws.

“One of the biggest barriers for some voters is getting the information about how they can comply with these laws,” Newcomer said. “A lot of people are deterred [from voting] because they’re just confused. [VOTE411] provides this information for voters so they can get what they need to go and actually vote.”

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