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A guide to help the Valencia College community apply research skills to become informed voters

What Does It Mean to Be An Informed Voter?

Your vote matters!  Being an informed voter means knowing and utilizing the power and influence of your vote. This guide will help you to:

  • Do your research. It takes time and research to determine which candidates best support your interests, but doing so can have a major impact on your life. Many people know the least about state and local candidates, but these can sometimes have the most direct impact on you and your community. Your vote matters from the top of the ballot all the way down.
  • Check the facts. Misinformation abounds. Get the facts about the issues and candidates.
  • Know your rights. Know when, where and how you may vote to ensure your important vote will count. 
  • Make a plan. Know when, where and how you will exercise your right to vote.

Becoming An Informed Voter workshop announcement


Becoming An Informed Voter - Live Workshop

This session will cover how to know and utilize the power of your vote. Learn how to research the candidates and issues on your ballot, check your facts, know your voting rights, and make a plan to vote. Three sessions will be offered:

Research the Candidates

Use these directories to find links to candidates' official websites.

These non-partisan websites allow you to compare candidates side-by-side.

These websites will help you find endorsements (statements of support) for candidates by special interest groups, the media, and individuals.

These websites will help you find candidates' voting histories (how the candidates have voted on specific issues, if they have previously held elected office). 

These websites allow you to track who has given money to each candidate's campaign, how much each candidate has received, and how much has been spent.

Research the Issues

Use a variety of news sources to get a more complete understanding of the issues. Using library databases, you can search hundreds of subscription-based sources.

Use local news sources to research local issues.

These resources provide arguments for and against on key political issues.

Interest groups can advocate for an issue or a group of people. Learn how these groups represent their constituents on the issues. 

Use these resources to learn your community's current status on key political issues.

Research the Office

Not sure how to vote because you're not sure what the office does? Use these websites to learn more.

Research Ballot Measures

Watch Debates, Interviews & Speeches

Watching debates, interviews and speeches gives you first-hand, unfiltered information about the candidates.

Check the Facts

Find out which politicians' claims have been confirmed or debunked.

These resources will help you learn to do your own fact checking!

Know When, Where & How to Vote

Plan your vote! If you plan to vote in person, set a date to cast your vote and know where to go.

How to Vote By Mail