Ballot Research

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Oct 2016

Improving Local Government is a Team Sport

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At Voterheads, we’re passionate about making local government easier to access and participate.  The same is true for our friends at Ballotpedia.  Thanks to some initial outreach by our board member Mike Switzer, we originally started talking with Ballotpedia this summer.  While we started the discussion around what we could do around the Midlands ballot project we did last election cycle, we quickly came to the conclusion that our scopes overlapped best at the municipal information level.

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30

Apr 2013

Forest Acres City Council General Election

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If any of you have ever tried finding out information about candidates running for city council (particularly those who have never held office before), you will realize how frustrating of an experience it is. Good luck finding any info beyond a candidate’s name, age, or occupation. Campaign websites, public statements, Facebook profiles — these are things that many don’t find relevant to “sleepy” little towns like Forest Acres.

Luckily, candidates’ phone numbers are publicly available information (which they should be, right? Why run for council if you don’t want to be accessible and accountable to the citizens you’re supposed to represent?). You can obtain these numbers yourself via a simple phone call inquiry to the Richland County Election Commission (or respective body for your area), but we’ve tried to spare you some time by contacting the candidates and getting some statements (and even contact info!) from them.

Note: Unfortunately not all candidates could be reached by the time of writing, but we’ll keep this updated as we can get a hold of them.

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04

Feb 2013

The Special Election Special

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Filing closed a week ago on Monday, January 28th, for candidates running in SC’s 1st U.S. Congressional District Special Election. This election is being held to replace the seat of former U.S. Representative Tim Scott (R.) when he resigned and was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat following Jim DeMint’s resignation in Dec. 2012. The primaries will be held on March 19, 2013, a runoff (if necessary) would be held on April 2, 2013, and the general election will be on May 7, 2013.

Special elections are often perceived to give newcomers or less-well-known hopefuls a greater chance both to file as a candidate and to achieve victory, although the large number of filed candidates this year could thwart the aspirations of many simply due to too many choices of too similar candidates. With a whopping 16-candidate list on the Republican primary ballot (making a runoff likely) and a much more tightly contested Democratic ballot, this special election season should prove an interesting one.

We’ve compiled a directory for all of the 19 candidates, with a brief bio and reference links, so you’ll have all you need to stay informed and connected. We’ll also keep you updated as the election nears with news and ballot information, but in the meantime, take a look at the candidates below and tell us what you think in the comment section, on Facebook, or via Twitter (@voterheads).

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