Election 2012

The News Tribune

The News Tribune's Voter Guide

To get started, simply enter your address and it will generate a guide customized to all your voting districts, including county council, legislative, statewide and congressional.

You'll be able to compare candidates side-by-side on experience, endorsements and where they stand on issues. You can then check your choice and move on to the next race. At the end, you can print out or email yourself a ballot cheat sheet with your choices checked to take with you to the "polls" (in our case likely your kitchen table.) The guide will work on your desktop and laptop, but also a tablet or smartphone.

Remember, clicking the boxes does not vote for you – you'll still have to fill out your official ballot. We won't retain or use your address and voting choices.

Data on voting is some of the most sensitive data around, so we want to take a moment to explain to you what data we have and collect, and how we use and do not use that data.

Our principle is to use your personal data only to improve your experience on the site. There is no 'bait and switch', in which we ask for information for one purpose and then use it for another.

Here is the information we collect about you in the course of your usage of the site and why we collect it:
  • Visit Data.
    When you use this voter guide, we collect certain information automatically, including the IP address of the server you are accessing the Internet through, the type of browser you are using, the site that referred you to this voter guide, and the pages you visit while on the site. This data allows us to assess the performance of the site and of various pages within the site.
  • Street Address (optional).
    You can optionally enter your street address and ZIP code to find the races you are eligible to vote in. When you do this, we store this information so that you can construct a customized MyBallot to print out or send to yourself via email.
  • Email Address (optional).
    You can optionally enter your email address to have a copy of your MyBallot emailed to yourself.
  • Candidate Preferences (optional).
    You can optionally mark your candidate preferences using MyBallot.

We are committed to using this data in a way that protects your privacy. In particular:
  1. We will not use the information you reveal to us to market any products or services to you, nor will we allow any third parties to market any products or services to you. This means you will not receive unsolicited email, phone calls, or mail as a result of your use of the voter guide.
  2. We will not reveal your email address or any other personally identifiable information to any third party without your explicit permission.
  3. If you provide your email address, the only email communication you will receive from us will be information you have requested to have sent to you (e.g., a copy of your MyBallot).
  4. Any information we share with third parties will be summarized data that tells them about site wide usage patterns (e.g., how many people used the tool, which pages were most popular, etc.), and not about you specifically.
  5. Should the terms of this privacy policy change, we will post those changes here on a timely basis.