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Election 2008

Information about Election 2008

Healthcare - What will happen to your healthcare when you pull the lever?

As a community service to educate voters for the upcoming Presidential election, the League of Women Voters of NYS, along with the Capital Region Local Leagues, presented a pre-election program on October 25th, that provided voters with a thorough, unbiased analysis of both major candidates' proposals that included a perspective from a major area health service provider, Seton Health, an affiliate Ascension Health, the largest U.S. nonprofit health system, on the impact of both proposals on health care delivery. (October 29, 2008)

Each of the webcasts can be viewed by clicking on the images or links provided at the LWV of NYS website.

Results of Candidate Questionnaire - Campaign Finance Reform

The League of Women Voters of New York State (League) released today candidate responses to a questionnaire developed to gauge support for the comprehensive legislative proposal put forth by the League last June in its Campaign Finance Reform Project. All candidates for state Senate and Assembly received the questionnaire.

Nineteen percent of candidates, including 20% of incumbents and 18% of non-incumbents, completed the questionnaire. Only 4% of unopposed candidates responded. In each house, majority leadership responded at a rate lower than the average (12% in the Senate and 11% in the Assembly), while minority leadership responded at an above-average rate (29% in the Senate and 25% in the Assembly). more.

Smart Voter: Connecting People with Government

Smart Voter: Connecting People with Government - non-partisan election information from the League of Women Voters

Access state-specific election information:

  • Preview your ballot
  • Directory of contests
  • Archived election information

Voter Registration Information

Are You Ready for the Presidential Debates?

League Launches Debate-Watching Tips

Just in time for last week's first presidential debate, the League released 5 Tips for Debate Watchers and the 2008 version of our popular Debate Watching Party Kit! Use these tools to bring together friends, colleagues, and community members to watch the presidential and other candidate debates in a fun and informative way.

Presidential Debates

  • Friday, September 26
  • Tuesday, October 7
  • Wednesday, October 15
Vice-Presidential Debate
  • Thursday, October 2
*All Debates are scheduled to air at 9pm EST.


Election Guide from the LWVUS

First-Time Voter
Here is a brochure from the NYS League for first-time voters.

NYS Board of Elections Information
Find information about elections, polling places, voter registration, election laws and more.