Website gives voter information for election

The League of Women Voters of Alpena County urges voters to check the website www.vote411.org to find nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot issues that are on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot.

By typing in their name and address, a voter can find the listing of all candidates, candidate responses, five Alpena County ballot proposals, township proposals and background on state Proposal 14-1.

Of special interest on the vote411 website is the background information on candidates in contested races, such as Democrats running against Democrats and Republicans running against Republicans. These contested races are for U.S. representative, Michigan representative, and local Alpena County commissioners in Districts 3, 4 and 8.

The website gives background information on all candidates who have responded. In the coming primary election, voters must vote either Republican or Democrat, a straight ticket.

Direction to access vote411: Enter your address and click “enter.” Click “get personalized information on candidates and issues.” Just above the map, click on “find my information.” Choose a language click on “go to my races.” Look above the governor races to click “all my races.”

Michigan LWV Voter Service Chair Eva Packard said, “It’s very important to vote in a primary election because in many races, the primary is the voter’s only chance to influence who is elected.”

The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to make informed decisions and to vote. The league never supports or opposes candidates or political parties.