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Voters can find customized ballot on Web site

October 17, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

A customized sample ballot for every voter in Florida, accompanied by extensive information about the candidates and issues that they'll be voting on: that's the latest feature of the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund's nonpartisan online voter resource,

With less than a month before Election Day, this is a wonderful resource for Florida voters. All a voter needs to do is plug in their address, and his or her sample ballot is generated. If the voter needs to determine their polling place or precinct, can help them find that, too.

The sample ballot tool provides access to facts about all presidential, congressional, legislative, and Supreme Court judicial candidates, including professional, career and educational information, as well as financial data about their campaign contributions. Other items available on the site include written position statements, videos, answers to the League's candidate questionnaire and links to the candidates' websites.

The customized ballot tool also includes the constitutional amendments, with links to additional information about them, including the League's pros and cons.

The site produces a downloadable reference sheet that voters can print and use when voting, as well as a host of voting-related resources to help make the democratic process easier.

With this year's extremely long ballot and 11 complex constitutional amendments, we are encouraging all voters to preview their ballots and their choices before going to the polling booth.

This online resource allows voters to take all the time they need to study the national and statewide candidates and issues. Widespread use of this tool can help combat voter confusion and keep the lines moving faster on November 6, preventing long wait times at the polls.

Deirdre Macnab

League of Women Voters of Florida



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