Loyola University Chicago

Voter Information

Get Informed

How Do I Pick A Candidate?

The best way to figure out who to vote for is to do your research. Sound boring or too difficult? Let us help!

1. Get to know your candidates

Take a look at candidates' websites, social media, and interviews. Look at voter guides for your area from your state's election website.

2. Learn about things you actually care about

If there's an issue near and dear to your heart, try looking for information about that issue. Many non-profits and issue-specific organizations issue voting guides. You can also join on-campus clubs to learn more about current issues and candidates.

3. Watch the debates

 Look up your local TV listings for primary debates. Many are also streamed online!

4. Check the voting record

If a candidate has already held office, all their voting records are public. Try congress.gov for US senators and representatives or look up your state legislature.

5. Talk about it

Of course it's important to form your own opinion, but your friends, professors, and families can be helpful resources to learn more about candidates, communities, or politics in general.