EDITORIAL: Cast an informed vote

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election starts today in Clark County. Citizens who are anxious to complete their civic duty but are concerned they don’t have enough information should wait until Sunday, when the Review-Journal publishes its biennial general election voter guide.

Voters are often seen carrying marked-up copies of the special section to the polls with their sample ballot. They do this because the section has the information they need to cast informed votes in line with their political perspectives. The voter guide includes participating candidates’ positions on the issues of the day, in their own words, along with their political and professional experience.

The section also details the functions of each public office, what the position pays and the physical boundaries of each legislative district.

In addition, Friday’s editorial page featured a recap of the endorsements of the Review-Journal editorial board. Over the past month, the editorial board has made recommendations in nearly every contested county race. These recommendations are based on personal interviews with about 200 candidates, conducted over the past nine months, as well as reviews of the candidates’ positions and voting records. We provide and defend our opinions to help shape yours, whether you agree or disagree. The complete list of endorsements is available online at www.reviewjournal.com/endorsements, and it will be printed again Nov. 2.

The Review-Journal takes its Fourth Estate responsibilities seriously. Its pages aim to inform voters on the state of their communities year-round, not just at election time, so they have the information they need to confront problems and improve their lives.

This year’s ballot is a long one, thanks to six statewide offices, seven county offices, more than two dozen judicial races and three statewide questions. Voters have an obligation to study every race and make the most informed decision possible.

Your vote is important. Make use of Sunday’s voter guide and the editorial board’s endorsement recap so you can cast an informed ballot. Visit our website at www.reviewjournal.com/politics/elections for ongoing coverage of campaigns. Additional information, directly from candidates, is available through our online voter guide at www.reviewjournal.com/voter-guide, including links to the newspaper’s judicial performance evaluations and editorial page endorsements.

And if after reading Sunday’s newspaper, you still aren’t sure about how to vote in a particular race, seek out additional information or leave that race blank on your ballot. Don’t cancel out an informed vote with an uninformed one.

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