Sunday, November 2, 2008

Before you vote

You probably know how you'll vote for president, but what about all those races farther down the ballot? Here are a few websites that can help you cast an informed vote.

Anyone in Cuyahoga County can download a sample ballot for your voting precinct. That way you know exactly what you'll be voting on and can make your decisions in advance.

To help you evaluate the candidates for judge in Cuyahoga County, check out, which compiles the endorsement decisions of bar associations and newspapers in judicial elections.

To learn more about the six statewide ballot proposals, see this quick summary from the Plain Dealer, or this 32-page report from the Ohio Secretary of State. If you read the proposals in advance, you can vote faster and not slow down the line. The city of Cleveland has several proposed city charter amendments on the ballot. You can read them here and see a Plain Dealer summary and endorsements here, and charter commission member and blogger Bill Callahan's thoughts here.

Here are all the PD's endorsements and its voter guide.

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