This group creates and distributes the Voters Guide, the resource for candidate information for local voters.
Questions Team for the Voters Guide and Candidate Forums
The Voters Guide is the League’s signature product available before every election.
- The same questions are sent to each candidate in the same race so voters can compare their answers.
- The team works on questions that are timely, impartial and unbiased.
- The Team collaborates with our Advocacy and Voters Guide teams to identify topics throughout the year.
- League-conducted candidate forums are held before most elections. This includes City of Austin City Council and Mayoral races.
- The team may also research and write descriptions for ballot measures (bonds, propositions, and amendments).
Team Lead role
- Create methods to collect questions from the general public and League membership (such as an online survey)
- Organize ideas and suggestions online via a Google tools
- Coordinate with Advocacy and Voters Guide leaders
Team Member role
- Research and monitor hot topics of interest in local communities
- Participate with team in determining topics of greatest interests for candidate races
- Develop impartial questions reflecting top topics
- Prepare clear descriptions of local ballot measures
Time demands are minimal most of the year, an estimated 8-10 hours of concentrated work effort before each Voters Guide.
Voters Guide Production Team
- Creates the Voters Guide for every election, and it includes editors, proofreaders, designers, coders, and translators.
- League members with a background in publishing are particularly valuable for this team.
Time commitment varies according to role, with quick turnarounds needed during the month before early voting begins in each election cycle. This team is coordinated by the Voters Guide Director.
Voters Guide Distribution Team
- Help distribute our Voters Guide across Travis and Williamson Counties!
- We print and distribute hard copies of the Voters Guide for Presidential Primary and General elections and Midterm Primary and General elections.
- For each edition, we spend a day or two bundling the copies with cover sheets according to orders.
- We assign routes to individual volunteers to take the bundles to their distribution point.
Estimated time commitment is one or two days for each distribution cycle and the volunteer will need to have their own vehicle for transporting bundles. This team is coordinated by the Distribution Chair.
Candidate Forum Team
- Hosts discussion forums featuring candidates on local ballot races in the Austin area (County Commissioners, AISD, City Council, etc.).