Voting for Dummies: Two tools help make voting so easy, you'll have no excuse not to!

November 4th—this Tuesday—is midterm Election Day. For all of you wondering what your district is, where to vote, or even who the candidates are, there are several easy-to-use resources to help voters make informed decisions about the who, what, and where of voting.

Get to the Polls” is an online collaboration from the Pew Charitable Trusts and leading technology companies such as Google, AOL, and Facebook, designed to help registered voters make sure they have the information they need to locate their polling place.  Powered by the Google Civic Information application and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project, it allows voters to find their official polling place, its hours of operation, and a full ballot summary based on their residential address. Technology partners and election officials from across the country have provided election information so that voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the necessary voting information at their fingertips.

Project Vote Smart has developed a dashboard, called “My Vote Smart,” which pairs users with their “political soul mates.” With over 40,000 bios of politicians, along with their positions, voting history, speeches, and funding information, the dashboard helps voters track and rate candidates to find the right match.