Editorial: Your campaign headquarters, Part 2

— Last week, we at The Spotlight announced that we — along with our many community partners — are planning a series of debates for primary and general elections for offices throughout the Capital District.

Well, that is only one facet of the wonderful local election coverage we have planned for you this fall.

We are working with our perennial debate partners at The Saratoga County League of Women Voters on a print voters guide and a comprehensive online effort at Vote411.org.

VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” set up by the League of Women Voters Education Fund a few years ago for election- related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public on a number of aspects of the election process, including a polling-place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located.

It also provides a thorough guide to local candidates, and that’s where we come in.

In the past, The Spotlight has provided readers with the most in-depth coverage of local elections available. Within the pages of our newspapers the week of the election, readers could expect to find a list of their local candidates, their positions, backgrounds and plans should they get elected.

Now voters will be able to find that unmatched local election coverage on Vote411.org. Over the next few weeks, League members and Spotlighters will contact candidates, prepare questions and otherwise ready Vote411.org to be the “one-stop-shop” for voters.

To supplement our online endeavor, we are also planning a print guide for local general elections. This guide will be available in The Spotlight the first week of October and also distributed at various League of Women Voters functions from then until Election Day.

It is our hope, as it is with the debates we organize and the coverage we provide, that these online and print voters guides will assist you as you enter the booth this November.

A note on letters to the editor: The Aug. 1 edition of The Spotlight will be the last for letters concerning the Sept. 13 Primary Elections. Letters for that edition must be received by noon on Friday, Aug. 26. The Spotlight will resume publishing campaign letters in the Sept. 14 edition.

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