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Voting and civic engagement: Research issues

The Libraries' voting guide.

Find out what issues will be voted on in an election

Your first step is to find out which candidates are running in the election and which questions will be on the ballot.  

Find information on issues


Use our newspaper databases to search for articles and editorials about specific questions. Local newspapers are likely to publish articles and editorials about local election issues. Remember that editorials and opinion pieces are different from investigative journalism and reporting.  This does not mean that they aren't helpful, just know that they will be biased for or against a question.

Finding background information

Use these links to research background information on topics.  The information you find will is likely to be general, and may not have all the details specific to local ballot questions, but it can help you understand the basics of an issue.