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A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 General Primary Election
Primary Election:the process by which voters can indicate their preference for a candidate in an upcoming general election and narrows the field of candidates for various elected offices at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government. In Illinois, voters must declare their party affiliation at the time of voting and will receive one political party’s ballot.
Automatic Voter Registration – Automatic Voter Registration, commonly known as “AVR,” is a bipartisan initiative and establishes electronic voter registration at multiple Illinois state agencies, including Secretary of State Driver’s Services facilities.
Federal Voting Assistance Program– Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
Presidential Election Process – Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.
The Federal Government has developed aglossaryof common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.
Illinois Sunshine– A tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois.
News Coverage of Election
Chicago Sun-Times– Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections including the 2020 presidential election.
Chicago Tribune – Includes a 2020 election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking, and details on how to vote in Illinois.
Daily Herald – Includes 2020 election coverage including endorsements for local and state wide races.
New York Times 20 (More) Questions– New York Times asked 6 Democratic Presidential Candidates the same twenty questions. A quick way to get to know some of the candidates.
New York Times: Who’s Running for President 2020?– An up to the date accounting of who’s in and who’s out of the 2020 Presidential race including brief biographies of each candidate. An excellent source to quickly get up to speed on every presidential candidate.
Annenberg Political Fact Check– Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.
Newsguard-Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
Politifact– A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.
BallotReady – A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady let’s you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”
ProCon.org– Pros and cons of current issues. Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.
Project Vote Smart– A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.
TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan groupDemocracy Works.
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This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Aurora Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.