5 Ways to Research the Candidates Before November 5

The next Kentucky general election is November 5, 2019. Do your part for democracy by learning more about the issues and candidates.

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1. Local Newspapers

Find out about local candidates in The Jessamine Journal or the Lexington Herald-Leader. Both are available at the library in print or online through the NewsBank database, which you can access at https://www.jesspublib.org/databases. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Infographic about researching political candidates

2. BallotReady

https://www.ballotready.org
Enter your address to view nonpartisan information about the issues and candidates on your ballot. Build your own printable ballot that you can take with you to the polls.

3. Vote Smart

https://votesmart.org/
This nonpartisan, nonprofit website researches candidates using primary sources. Get information on candidate positions, ratings from special interest groups, speeches, funding, and more.

4. Vote411

https://www.vote411.org/
This website from the League of Women Voters lets you enter your address to build a personalized voter guide. Compare candidates’ positions and print out a ballot to take with you.

5. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance

https://kref.ky.gov
Get information on Kentucky campaign finance rules, and find receipt records for candidates, political issues committees, and exploratory committees.