As we approach the Midterms, millions of Americans will soon enter the voting booth, or maybe they’ve already opened their mail-in ballot for the 2022 Midterm elections. They’ll begin filling in the circles next to the name of their choice for Governor, or Senator, or Congressperson, or maybe Mayor. About 30% of voters often don’t even bother filling out their entire ballot. Maybe because they think these lower offices are less important, or maybe there simply isn’t enough information on the candidates for them to make an informed decision.

For our series, DOWNBALLOT, we speak with folks who have been elected to some of these elected offices: a school board member, a county clerk, a coroner, and a retired judge. We hear about what their job entails, how voters can access information for their respective local election, and what they should consider when voting for these offices.

  • DOWNBALLOT: How to Judge a Judge

    Oct 21, 2022
    39 states use judicial elections in some form. But chances are there isn't a ton of information on the judges on your ballot. We talk with a retired judge about making an informed vote.
  • DOWNBALLOT: What Does a County Clerk Do Anyway?

    Oct 20, 2022
    Counties in 26 states elect county clerks. We speak with one to hear about the importance of the role in administering elections, and how you can make an informed vote for county clerk.
  • DOWNBALLOT: Consider This When Voting For Coroner

    Oct 19, 2022
    Counties in 20 states in the U.S. elect coroners. We speak with a coroner about what the job entails, what party affiliation means (and doesn't mean), and what to consider when voting.
  • DOWNBALLOT: The 101 on Voting Your Entire Ballot

    Oct 17, 2022
    More than 30% of voters don't complete their entire ballot. Don't be one of them! We explore how you can feel informed and empowered to vote up and down your entire ballot.