Voters Guide Questions Preparation Team
The Voters Guide is the League’s signature product available before every election. Each of the candidates for each race answer the same questions so voters can compare their answers. We have a new Questions Team to assure we are asking the most pertinent, impartial and unbiased questions. The Team collaborates with our Advocacy and Voters Guide teams to identify topics throughout the year.
Time demands are minimal most of the year, an estimated 8-10 hours of concentrated work effort before each Voters Guide. Check out the links below to view examples of previous Guides.
The team also contributes questions for League-conducted candidate forums. Traditionally, this includes all City of Austin City Council and Mayoral races. This team may also contribute to researching, and writing descriptions for, ballot measures (bonds, propositions, 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 entity ballot measures
Voters Guide Production Team
Our 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
This is the team who helps 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, and then 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.