Ballots will be mailed out in two weeks for the Aug. 7 primary, so it’s time to buckle down and start doing your homework on the candidates.
The News Tribune’s online primary election guide is a great resource for researching South Sound races. You can generate a sample ballot or just click on “65 races” or “217 candidates” to look at campaigns you’re particularly interested in. One nice feature is that you can click on two candidates’ photos and up pops a side-by-side comparison of their backgrounds, qualifications and answers to questions posed by our newsroom political team.
If you’d like to hear from the statewide candidates in their own words, the secretary’s of state’s office and TVW have collaborated on an online video voters’ guide.
If anyone has other online resources to suggest, leave a comment.
One thing I always recommend: Look at who doesn’t participate. Usually there’s a good reason; my suspicion is that it’s usually one of two things, neither of which reflects well on those candidates. Either they’re so disorganized, lazy and/or clueless that they fail to make the deadline to take part in such an important campaign tool or they know they’ll only hurt their chances by participating.
Either way, they get a strike against them in my book for not participating in these guides. Communicating to voters any way they can should be a priority. What, do they think putting up signs is enough?