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League of Women Voters reach out

November 8, 2010

By Annie Hunter, Campus Life Editor

The November mid-term elections marks the first time that Young Harris College students will be able to cast their ballots; but, in the midst of mudslinging campaign ads, it is hard to tell what each candidate stands for and what his or her plan is for the state of Georgia, counties or municipalities. To provide clarification, the League of Women Voters has created a questionnaire that election candidates fill out and post on the league’s website as part of their Georgia Voter Guide.

The voter guide is tailored for each voting district, showing only the candidates and positions available to each zip code. The questions are geared toward the specifications and requirements for each job.

For instance, candidates running for the Commissioner of Agriculture were asked “Is the department’s Consumer Protection Division staffed the way it should? If not, how would you remedy the situation?” Whereas, the United States House of Representative candidates were asked questions on national issues, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The questionnaires give voters more information on the candidates than are available through television advertisements.

Christina Feliu, a freshman education major said she paid attention to campaign ads aired on television, which warrant further research as the ads are propaganda and therefore biased.

The League of Women Voters uses their website to cut through the promotional posters and expose the truth. Their answers are not edited, showing the voters how the candidates answer or avoid answering relevant, hard-hitting questions, as well as reveal how educated they are through their use of the written language.

“The upcoming election is very important,” said Rebecca Fordyce, a freshman art major from Oglethorpe County.  “We can’t have a strong federal government without strong local representatives.”

Fordyce believes in researching each candidate and does not let the political party decide who gets her vote.

Aaron O’Tuel, a freshman pre-law major from Hartwell, also takes his right to vote very seriously.

“Voting means a lot to me, because it gives me the ability to voice my opinion and to vote for someone who I believe will be the best person to represent the citizens of the United States,” O’Tuel said.

O’Tuel, Fordyce and Feliu were in agreement that every able person should exercise their right to vote, not only because it has an immediate effect on them, but also because it is their duty as American citizens. The League of Women Voter’s Voter Guide helps voters determine which candidate to vote for. For more information about election candidates visit lwvga.org and click on Voter Guide under the Elections tab.  Follow the instructions in order to read the candidates’ responses.

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  1. Jennifer Manous
    November 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Love the information provided in this article, but perhaps you could supply us with a link to the League of Women Voters website?

  2. November 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Yes, we sure can. I added a link to the website at the bottom of the article. 🙂

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