Keeping up with local elections is hard. Unlike national politics, which rains down on our heads like fighting dogs and cats, local politics require the voter to do a little leg work.
OkCandidate is here to make things as easy as possible on you leading up to next week’s local election in Virginia Beach.
Here’s how it works: We had all the candidates for mayor and city council in Virginia Beach answer a few simple questions. Next, you take 5 minutes and answer the same questions. OkCandidate then tells you which candidate you match with.
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It’s easy for us to call it magic — we weren’t doing the HTML. This project was made possible by the great people at Code for Hampton Roads, with a little help from Donald Luzzatto at Pilot Opinion, and us at AltDaily.
Give it a spin. It’s super easy to use. And after you’re done — if you want to earn your civic engagement gold star — take a few minutes with the candidates’ websites and social media. In just a few minutes of research you’ll learn about their positions on important issues. Some of the candidates might not have websites or social media that they keep up with. That will tell you something, too.
If you’d really like to get into the weeds, there is an easy way to learn about the money behind the candidates. The Virginia Public Access Project makes pushing back the curtain on donors quick and easy.
Please vote! If you’re not sure who or what you’re voting for on Tuesday, try BallotPedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup.
This is our city. This is our state. This is our country. Let’s vote like it.