Be A Voter – Election Guide

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A Nonpartisan Resource for the

November 8, 2022 General  Election

General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.

REGISTER TO VOTE

 

 IMPORTANT DATES

August 10 through November 3Request Vote by Mail
October 11Close of Voter Registration
October 12 through November 7Grace period registration and grace period voting begins.
September 29 through November 3Vote by Mail
September 29 through November 7Early voting at Madison County Clerk's Office and designated temporary locations.
November 8General Election

EDUCATING VOTERS

BallotReady – A one stop shop where you can check your registration, make a plan to vote, and research every name and measure on the ballot.

Ballotpedia– “The Encyclopedia of American Politics” including sample ballots and candidate profiles.

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 a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – Nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed because you don’t quite understand 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 non-profit, non-partisan 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 group Democracy Works.

Local Election News Coverage:

  • Belleville News Democrat – Political coverage and a candidates guide for the 2022 election.  
  • Chicago Sun-Times – Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections including the 2022 gubernatorial election.
  • Chicago Tribune – Includes a 2022 election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking, and details on how to vote in Illinois.

GOVERNMENT SITES

Office of Madison County Clerk – The official website of the Madison County Clerk; with answers to questions like “Who can register to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”.

Madison County Election Calendar – List of important election dates.

Madison County Voter Information Search – View a copy of your ballot, list of districts, polling place, and a copy of your voter registration card by providing some basic information (i.e. name, date of birth, etc.).

Madison County Voter Information – A helpful FAQ for Madison County voters.

Illinois State Board of Elections – A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

USA.gov – An interagency portal of the United States government including information on voting and the election process.

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.

 

FACT CHECKING

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.

Center for Public Integrity – A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

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.”

FactStream – An iOS app developed by the Reporter Lab at Duke University. App Summary: “FactStream helps you find the truth in American politics by bringing together the work of the three largest U.S. fact-checking organizations – the Washington Post, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.org. During major events such as speeches and debates, you can follow along as our partners fact-check in real time.”

Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

 

POLITICAL PARTIES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

GREEN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

LIBERTARIAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

REPUBLICAN PARTY – National | Illinois | Madison County

 

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Six Mile Regional Library District. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

Icons designed by Freepik from Flaticon. Be a Voter logo designed by Cook Memorial Public Library District, used with permission.

Last updated October 4, 2022

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