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League of Women Voters offers free information on primaries

A "vote here" sign marks the entrance to an early voting station in downtown Minneapolis in 2018.
Steve Karnowski
A "vote here" sign marks the entrance to an early voting station in downtown Minneapolis in 2018.

The time to get out and vote is fast approaching, and many people might be wondering where to find information on their local ballots. The League of Women Voters is offering free information on the primary elections. is an initiative created by the league. It’s intended to be a one-stop shop for any questions about voting—everything from how to vote to the views of individual candidates in their own words.

Paula Bowman, the co-president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, said it’s important to be educated on everything on the ballot before going to the polls.

The website is 12 years old, Bowman said, and Michigan’s site gets more visits than in any other state.

“It’s especially important that people vote in all of the races,” Bowman said. “When they understand why it’s important to vote for the local state senator and the local township official, those are the people that really might impact them even more than the President of the United States or the governor.”

Voting registration information is also available in 15 different languages, Bowman said. Each candidate is asked the same questions so voters can see their views, she said, and does not edit their responses, even for spelling or grammar.

According to Bowman, the League of Women Voters is non-partisan. They support specific issues, but not candidates or parties, she said.

Patrick Bouman is originally from Whitehall, Michigan. He is a senior at Central Michigan University, where he studies Journalism. He will be interning for WCMU and the Traverse City Record Eagle this summer.