Do you know who your representatives are?
Your assignment for today is to find out about the rest of the candidates who will be on the ballot on November 6th. Maybe all your attention has been on the Presidential race, and you don't feel as informed as you want to be about the rest of the ticket. You might be surprised to find out how easy it it to get up to speed!
The two websites for the US Congress are very user friendly. If you don't know who your Senators are, or who the Representative in your District is, you can always start there.
Each state has two Senators. Senators serve six year terms, so the ones in your state may or may not be up for reelection this year. To find out who your Senators are, and what their positions are on various issues, go to the super-easy to use website senate.gov.
US House of Representatives
Everyone lives in a congressional district with one representative. Representatives serve for two years at a time, so if yours is running for reelection, he or she will be on the ballot in November. To find out what district you are in and who your representative is, go to the also excellent site house.gov. All you'll need is your zip code.
To research your state representatives and senators, search the name of your state + "legislature" and you should find an official website.
To find out who else will be on the ticket in your local area, including judges, city council members, candidates for governor or mayor; as well as polling places and your registration status, search the name of your state + "board of elections". You can also use the name of your county + "board of elections".
For progressive endorsements, most areas have an independent liberal newspaper that will provide background on candidates and voting record summaries.
And if all this is too complicated, just vote a straight Democratic ticket!