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Your Guide to the Guides: The November 2nd, 2010 Election
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Many have already voted by mail, but there are still a good number who will hit the polls tomorrow. This guide to guides, mainly focusing on the wider Los Angeles region, is for you. If there's anything missing, or if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments section and we'll try to fill any gaps in coverage. Where to Vote: L.A. County has a website where you can make sure you're registered to vote and to find your polling place.
Getting the Information Straight: The most straight-forward material, but sometimes more difficult to read through, can be found in the state's official voter guide. Our favorite place for information, however, is the League of Women Voters for their comprehensive L.A. County guide, which even includes local contests and measures such as Santa Monica's sales tax increase (Measure Y) and Long Beach's tax on marijuana (Measure B), should Prop 19 pass. If you don't live in L.A. County, the League offers information for all of California here. Ballotpedia, a wiki, is also a useful website.
GOOD Magazine: The folks at the Young Progressive Majority teamed up with GOOD to produce this extensive guide, which goes beyond the usual races -- gubernatorial and U.S. Senate -- and props by featuring other elected offices like State Insurance Commissioner and U.S. House of Representatives.
What the Local Mainstream Media is Saying
- The LA Times has three main features for this election cycle: a build your ballot tool, voter guide and a webpage listing their endorsements.
- The Daily News has a webpage for their complete coverage and endorsements.
- La Opinión also has a webpage for complete coverage (Google Translate) and a list of their endorsements (Google Translate).
- Although the Long Beach Press-Telegram is owned by the same company as the Daily News, the paper has a strong editorial voice in the community. Here's their election page.
- And here are the election pages for the Orange County Registrar and Ventura County Star.
For Something a Little More Untraditional: Check out LA Weekly, LA Streetsblog, Mayor Sam (scroll around) and Calitics. By no means is this list comprehensive (it is lacking in Republican links), so please help by adding links to guides in the comments section below and we'll get them up here.
Election Results: Various news outlets will carry and update results as they come in. The best place to check is the Secretary of State's semi-official results webpage. Once the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the office will continue to update the results throughout the night and into Wednesday.
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