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Advice on Researching and Judging Candidates

If you are having a hard time choosing candidates who will best represent you, see our advice on How to Judge a Candidate and download How to Choose a School Board Candidate. Additional advice from LWVUS: Learn how to get the most out of a candidate forum

The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area welcomes the opportunity to work with community organizations in presenting fair, nonpartisan candidate forums open to the general public. To maintain the integrity of our candidate forums, we adhere to a strict candidate forum policy. If your organization is interested in offering a forum, please contact us,, about a partnership.

National Sites Help you Align Your Values with Candidates

VoteSmart - At this award-winning and nonpartisan site, voters can look at an array of issues from the economy to the environment to social security and see how presidential and congressional candidates feel about the issues -- there are also small explainers on the pros and cons of each given policy stance - Aimed mostly at the 2016 Presidential election, this poll still works to help you see which party you most closely align with. Choosing the quiz option "other stances" will give you less white/black choices.

On the Issues is primarily a national site, most useful for US congressional and presidential candidates. You can choose only SC candidates.

You can stay up-to-date on national election news and activity on My Time To Vote. App available for download.