Looking for Platforms/Positions, Campaign Summaries, Judicial Ratings & Tiny-Position Info to Help Me Cast my Cook County Ballot
October 28, 2010 8:17 AM Subscribe
I’m a resident of Chicago (Cook County, Illinois). I’m very much not a fan of politics, but that lack of enthusiasm doesn’t extend to not voting – I’d still like to make an educated choice when casting my ballot, but without re-engaging in the political blogosphere, etc.. So, could you help me do my due diligence by helping me find websites that would contain the three particular
kinds of information you'll see me describe inside/after the break?
posted by Fizzgig to Law & Government (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
First, I’m looking for a comprehensive but politically neutral ‘briefing’ on candidates. Yes, I'd like at a bare minimum their stand on the issues/platform. But, also, it'd be good to read/know a brief summary of the highlights of their campaigns -- because, well, I don’t want to vote for a candidate that kept kicking dogs on the campaign trail, even if dog-kicking is not on their official platform statement.
Second, I know a number of civic groups rate judicial candidates for voting/non-voting and existing Cook County judges for retention/non-retention. Ideally, is there a website that concatenates the ratings in one place? If not, does anyone have a master list of the organizations offering ratings?
Finally, when it comes to small, extremely unglamorous positions that are nonetheless on the ballot (such as, but not just, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District positions), etc., etc., is there a good source that describes the differences between candidates for those positions, so that it’s not just “eenie meenie minie moe” for the smaller ones?