Voter Guide FAQs

 

Q: What is the #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guide?

A: The #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guide is the largest, progressive prochoice voter guide in the country. The voter guide includes every race on the ballot in every state, highlighting #VOTEPROCHOICE endorsed prochoice champion candidates. We have also included over 150 ballot initiatives that impact reproductive justice. We aggregate endorsements from partner organizations who share our values - NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, Run for Something, MoveOn, Blue America, The Collective PAC, LGBT Victory Fund, Democracy for America and over 150+ national, state and local orgs. We’ve also included antichoice organizations like Right To Life and NRA endorsements to provide critical transparency of the candidate’s position. 

Q: How does #VOTEPROCHOICE decide who to endorse?

A: #VOTEPROCHOICE proudly endorses over 300 prochoice champions who pledge a deep commitment to lead on the issue of reproductive freedom. Our candidates are all running in critical races where reproductive rights are under threat. Each of them have shown excellence in pursuit of justice and are poised to lead in strategic races nationwide. The #VOTEPROCHOICE thoughtfully considers each candidate through an in-depth process involving application, interview, and contextual research. 

Q: How does #VOTEPROCHOICE decide who to recommend?

A: Recommendations are different than Endorsements. The #VOTEPROCHOICE Team wants to make sure you have some guidance about how to #VOTEPROCHOICE in every election, everywhere. Our team analyzes each race through the frame of reproductive justice, reproductive rights, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and immigrant justice. Candidates may apply for our recommendation if they desire special consideration. We also welcome and solicit suggestions from voters about candidates we might have missed. There’s a recommendation contact on the Voter Guide page and on our website

Q: I KNOW A candidate is prochoice. Why isn't there a check mark next to their name?

A: The recommendation does not indicate the only prochoice candidate. In the vast majority of cases, we choose one candidate per race, just like a voter has to choose on their own ballot. We try to recommend the candidate most reflective of our recommendation criteria. Sometimes, we haven’t been able to find enough information to make a recommendation. In that case, we greatly appreciate suggestions from the public. Submit your suggestions or concerns here and we will get back to you right away.

We analyze each race based on reproductive rights, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and immigrant justice. Often, if the incumbent is good on these issues, we will recommend them. However, we also contact candidates with an opportunity to apply for our recommendation if they desire special consideration. We also solicit suggestions from voters - there's a contact form on the Voter Guide page and on our website.

Q: Why isn't anyone recommended in this race?

A: There are a few reasons why there may not be a #VPC Recommendation in a particular race. In some cases, none of the candidates are prochoice. It is also possible that we haven’t been able to find enough information to make a recommendation - however, we greatly appreciate suggestions to make the Voter Guide more comprehensive. Submit suggestions and concerns here

Q: How can I suggest a candidate to be recommended on the Voter Guide?

A: We greatly appreciate suggestions to make the Voter Guide more comprehensive. Submit suggestions and concerns here

Q: How do I know if I am registered to vote? 

A: You can check that you are registered at Vote.org

Q: How can I find official voting information from my particular state? 

A: You can select your state here to easily find official election information.

Q: Where can I find more information about candidates’ voting records?

A: HeadCount has a comprehensive list of resources to help you research your candidates. Vote 411 is also very helpful for learning more about candidates on your ballot

Q: What do state and local governments do? 

A: USHistory.org provides brief descriptions of the roles and structures of state and local governments. You can also read this helpful Guide to Your Local Election Ballot from Teen Vogue. 

Q: Other Voting Questions: 

A: Vote.org has a useful knowledge base. For extensive FAQs about voting, head over to Rock the Vote

Q: WHO ARE YOUR partnerS?

A: #VOTEPROCHOICE is proud to partner with over 150+ national and local progressive organizations in all our work - both supporting candidates and providing information in our voter guide.

Our 2018 voter guide partners include NARAL Pro-choice America, MoveOn.org, Emily’s List, Run for Something, Sister District, Swing Left, Daily Kos, Ballot Ready, Flippable, Democrats.com, act.tv, Blue Wave Voters, The Collective PAC, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Latino Victory Fund, Working Families Party, Latino Victory Fund, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, TransUnited Fund, LPAC, Launch Progress PAC, National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Rights & Democracy VT/NH, Every District, Democracy for America, Blue America PAC, Equality California, Men for Choice, Arkansas Progressive Women's Caucus, Progressive Turn Out Project PAC, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, MI List, Fems for Dems, Caring Across Generations, Annie's List, Carol's List, Ruth's List, Florida Progressive Caucus, Iowa Women for Progressive Change, Fight Back PAC, Lady Parts Justice League, South Carolina Equality, Sally's List, Lillian's List PAC, Sister District, Trailblazer's PAC, Women Winning, Progressive Women's Alliance of Western Michigan PAC, People for the American Way's Next Up Victory Fund, Good Werk, Personal PAC, Free Thought Equality Fund, Fuse Washington and we add more all the time along with the way. Email us at go@voteprochoice.us if you’d like to be a partner.