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The Strib's myVote

One of the issues we'll be discussing quite a bit is the impact of the internet - and technology generally - on politics. We'll encounter some skeptical takes on whether or not the internet is good for democracy, but here's an example of where the internet can undoubtedly help: the Star Tribune's myVote website. Enter in your zip code and then street address and you're directed to information about all the races you can vote in as well as information on how to get to your polling location.

One of the stranger facts about voting behavior is that people invest enormous amounts of time and energy into reading up on national and state races, where their vote is only one out of millions, yet tend to entirely ignore the local races in their communities where a handful of votes really can make a huge difference. The Star Tribune has a webpage for just about every candidate for just about every position, and from the strib's bio page you will frequently find a link to each candidates personal website as well. So even if you've not been aware of who is running for what, you can spend a little bit of time before you head to the polls reading up on the local races and making an informed decision rather than just picking a candidate based on who had the prettiest lawn signs or simply ignoring these races altogether.