Get out the Vote

Today was primary day in Arizona. You could tell by the 75 feet warning signs around community centers, churches, and schools. I don’t know if everyone did early voting, or if people were confused by the 3 day weekend, but there was a polling place right next to my office and it was dead.

Polls close at 7 pm. Bring your ID.
Arizona has some political races to watch this year. I live in District 12 and it is the first time in a long time I am seeing some real competition to the incumbents.

Where do you get your information on local candidates?

AZCentral has a local elections guide. As a social worker, I get info from the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter. I also get it from PAFCO. They have Health and Human Service Questionnaires. I already mentioned Project Vote Smart above, and there is also the Clean Elections Commission Site (.pdf warning).

I get a lot of politics and election info from blogs. I just found Arizona Politics, but I am not sure how good it is. I also read Politicker AZ, which provides some nice aggregation and quick hits.

Local politics can be quite the adventure, and it is a great way to get your feet wet in our governmental system. Use your voice, vote!

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