Election Education

November is coming quickly and political advocates are likely knocking at your door. Effective door knocking may be the best grassroots mobilization tool for a campaign, but it’s important to educate yourself on all of the candidates, not just those knocking.

On that note, it’s time for some election education!

Keys to the Candidates is prepared by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County prior to elections. It shows a comparison of candidates' responses to the same questions, all designed to be nonpartisan and unbiased. These questions make it easier to compare candidates’ views.

All candidates running with opposition in Monroe County are sent the questions; candidates running without opposition are excluded. Candidates include those running for local offices and school boards, those running for the Indiana House of Representatives, and those running for United States offices, including the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate.

Responses appear as they are received––the League does not edit them. Not all candidates respond to the questions. Those not responding are indicated by an “NR.”

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through advocacy and education.

Additionally, Community Access Television Services (CATS) offers a similar comparison using 3–5 minute videos, Candidates on Demand!

CATS sent certified letters to all candidates listed by the Monroe County Clerk's office, inviting them to participate. All candidates were offered the opportunity to have their 3-5 minute candidate statements recorded by CATS, then telecast on cable and streamed on the web. 

This free service to candidates was offered equally by CATS, with the support of funding by The City of Bloomington, Monroe County government, The Town of Ellettsville and The Monroe County Public Library.

Looking for a sample ballot?  Go to the Indiana Voter Portal and click on "Who's on the ballot?".