When the Nine Network, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio created the collaborative called Beyond November we aimed to serve voters in unique and interesting ways. Our Voters’ Guide is a direct result. Our guide offers more than most in that it links to stories, podcasts, and videos from our staff that give voters context and nuance. Here we have brought to bear the talents available to us from three great non-profit organizations.
You also get the basics: background information on the candidates with many of them answering questions posed by our staff. As with most guides, you can make your choices and print out a ballot to take with you to the polls.
You can spend five minutes with the guide or five hours. It’s up to you. Even in the final days ahead of the election we are adding more to the guide, because we know many voters will be making decisions down to the wire — maybe not so much about who they want to be president, but for the U.S. Senate, the House, statewide races and for offices much further down the ticket. In some cases, we are still waiting for candidates to respond to our questions.
Illinois races have proved to be particularly nettlesome, not so much because of the candidates, but because of the way the state organizes its material. Getting our system to interact with theirs has been challenging — and not unique to our particular system. Illinois voters may find the interactive experience a little less nifty. But we have put in place some work-arounds that will help them get informed. Here’s a page that you will find helpful if you live in Illinois.
Please use the guide and let us know how it works for you.