5 Ways to Research the Candidates

With the midterm election just around the corner, we decided to extend the deadline for submitting activities to the October Civic Lab to November 6. For each activity you submit, you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift certificate to Amazon.com.

One of the activities is to find out one thing that you didn’t already know about a candidate. Here are five easy ways to learn about the candidates and issues at stake.


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-by-subject. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.

5 ways to research the candidates infographic.

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.

Submit Your Activities

Visit our Civic Lab webpage to download the Your Vote Counts activity sheet, or stop by the display in the main library to pick one up!