The presidential election is still months away, but it's already crazy. Hillary Clinton is battling Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination and, on the Republican side, Donald Trump's ongoing exchanges with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio is making for truly entertaining TV.
However, their bickering is also a distraction. The issues that affect your family and you, like candidates for mayor, school district elections, and ballot measures, barely get a mention on TV, in newspapers, or on websites.
That's a shame because, in a few months, you'll find yourself in a voting booth not knowing much about some serious issues. That is, unless you feel like reading through the sample ballot you'll get in the mail. That's the one with pages and pages of tiny print about every conceivable issue you can vote on.
The site Vote411 is a better option. It's like that sample ballot, only it's a lot easier to read, and it's a lot easier to find information on specific issues.
Vote411, from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, starts by having you input your street address. It'll tell you where to vote. That's for starters.
The nonpartisan site also provides information about absentee ballots, election dates, information about local and national candidates, and more. Just scroll through the bright, colorful, and easy-to-read site for the specific issues or candidates you're interested in.
Note: Have you ever gone to your polling place only to find a sign saying it's been moved? Vote411 recommends checking the site for up-to-date information on Election Day.