Brochures, advertising and campaign appearances can give voters a broad overview of candidate positions on the issues of the day.
But politicians increasingly are relying on the Internet to lay out the nuts and bolts of their campaign platforms, and to dissect the initiatives being proposed by their opponents.
The Spokesman-Review’s online Election Center ( www.spokesman.com/elections) features candidate profiles, archived political coverage and website addresses for candidates in contested races. It’s easy to find – there’s a link at the top of the spokesman.com homepage.
Many state and county elections offices provide online candidate guides as well.
Washington voters will find a useful guide at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division web page: www.sos.wa.gov/elections.
Spokane County’s elections division also has an online candidate’s guide on its web page, https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/spokane /en/pages/home.aspx. You can check the status of your ballot as well.
In Idaho, while most candidates have websites, neither the state nor Kootenai County provide online candidate guides.