Voter Education: What Are You Voting On This Year?
Do you understand the ballot, or the questions? Election day is approaching. And that means you have some important decisions to make. You may know how you're voting for president. But what about all of those state questions. Channel 8's Kim Jackson set out for tips on educating yourself.
Between now and election day, you'll see lots of names of politicians. Most voters will check more than 20 boxes.
Most people know who they want for president. But the Pew Institute shows the number of interested young voters has dropped in half since last election.
And when you throw in state, regional, and local issues; well let's ask those young voters.
"Actually I don't have a TV, I am busy, I am working half the time and yeah, I just haven't paid much attention to it at all," explained Chelsea Standefer, who says she would like more info.
Lamar Pinson, just turned 26 today and just moved here from Florida. We showed him a ballot, including all 6-state questions, plus the county improvement project, Vision 2.
"I will have to do my own personal research. I will be honest," he admitted.
For younger and more mature voters, some of the language seen on the ballot can be difficult.
"I have to be sure I get all of these state questions and don't leave out any of them because we are going to need to vote on them and we are going to need to know what we are voting on," explained Captola Dunn, who came to the League of Women Voters, where they do have answers--in their traditional voter guide.
Their guide is designed to inform you about the issues and the candidates.
"That is the one complaint I hear from all of my friends too. Thye say, "gosh I go in there to vote and I don't I see all these names on the ballot and I don't know who these people are,'" said Heather Hope Hernandez, President of the Tulsa League of Women Voters.
The guide has details on Prop One and Prop Two the real names of Vision 2. And it has responses, directly from the candidates.
"We do not edit their responses, typos, grammatical misspellings, they are all in there. We want voters to see the person they are voting for in all of their glory," she said.
Simply put, voters must educate themselves before they get to the polls.
Once you decide how you are going to vote, you can take your sample ballot with you, for a reminder on election day.
If you would like to see the voter's guide, mentioned in this story, click on the link in the upper right hand corner of this page.