Confused about which candidates are running for which office and where they stand on the issues? The League of Women Voters of Manatee County has created a Voter Information Center on its website, www.lwvmanatee.org, to provide a handy guide to all the nonpartisan information available.
The site includes the League’s Voters Guide to the Candidates in the Primary Election, containing the background and viewpoints of each candidate on the primary ballot in Manatee County. The League is also supplying printed copies of the guide for public distribution to public libraries, civic and residential community offices. If your group would like a supply, call 729-9248.
In addition to the Voters Guide, the League website also features links to other sources of local election information, such as Manatee Educational TV’s recorded candidate debates. On METV’s YouTube link, citizens can watch competing candidates spar with each other over the issues. “We’re helping voters get the information they need to make decisions in the upcoming election,” said Rosalie Shaffer, president of the LWVMC
Shaffer encourages all voters to go to the polls on August 26, or take advantage of early voting or vote by mail. “Many people don’t realize how important the primary election is,” Shaffer said. “This election not only determines which candidates will advance to the general election, but it will also decide certain elections.” She points out the Manatee County School Board and the Manatee County Commission District 4 race as examples.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, encourages informed and active citizen participation in government.