Voting can be complicated. For many, it’s difficult to take a stand on some of the many issues on the ballot. But that’s what the Municipal League of King County aims to fix with ReadySetVote.org. A new web tool for voters in King County.
The goal is to provide easy access to important information on candidates and issues. Voters can also see the decisions others are making by viewing endorsements from organizations they know and trust.
The process is simple and user friendly. Voters can see what’s on their ballot by entering their address. Then they can select organizations and see their recommendations for candidates and measures. Then voters can weigh endorsements from different sources and keep track of their picks in each race. Finally, voters can see the compiled results on their own unique ballot “cheat sheet.”
“This needed tool will make filling out your ballot easier and maybe a bit fun,” Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and former King County Executive, said in a press release. “I commend the League on their leadership.”
ReadySetVote.org, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese, has a broad base of community support, including companies like The Seattle Seahawks, Dick’s Drive-In, and Molly Moon’s Handmade Ice Cream. Many community organizations are also involved, such as the Latino Community Fund, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS).
“We spoke with many groups doing civic engagement and realized that if those of us who are involved in this work every day are overwhelmed with the disjointed nature and volume of election information, we had to create a better, simpler resource,” Alejandra Tres, The Municipal League’s Executive Director said. “We have been told by many that this tool is not only needed but that our desire to create this non-partisan website, where a diverse array of voices can be heard, strikes a hopeful contrast to what has been a contentious and divisive presidential election.”
The Municipal League is a volunteer, nonpartisan organization that has been serving King County for more than 100 years, dedicated to effective and responsive government.