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Local Candidate Forums and Voting Resources Available Online for Central Coast Voters

Election Day is November 8, and if you’re looking for information on candidates or proposals, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara offers a variety of online resources.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides information to voters about candidates and issues in the upcoming general election.

Revae Moran is Vice President of Voter Services for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

“We want people to know who they’re voting for, what they stand for, what issues are important to them, and what they’re going to work on,” Moran said.

She said the League takes a stand on certain issues such as homelessness and reproductive rights, but does not endorse candidates or political parties. They host candidate forums so the public can find out who is running for office. Moran said they use a format where contestants have equal time to answer the same questions without interruptions or fights.

“We have [candidates] make an opening statement and a closing statement, and we ask them questions in the meantime,” she said.

Statewide information is available online through Voter’s Edge.

A recent candidate forum for State Assembly District 37—serving all of Santa Barbara County and part of San Luis Obispo County—is now posted in English and Spanish on the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara . website.

At the forum, candidates Gregg Hart and Mike Stoker answered questions about job creation, housing, health care, the environment, and more. The local event was recorded in front of a live audience on October 6, 2022.

A virtual forum on the pros and cons of the proposals is also online. And there’s also a link to a statewide resource called Voter’s Edge.

“[At] VotersEdge.org, enter your address and zip code, and it will give you what’s on your ballot, who the people are, who the candidates are that will appear on your ballot,” Moran said.

With election day fast approaching, Moran encourages everyone to get informed and vote.

If you missed the voter registration deadline and are eligible to vote, there is still time to contact your local election office to request conditional voter registration.

You can find more information about the election from the League of Women Voters. They have chapters in St. Barbara and San Luis Obispo.