LOS ANGELES (CBS) - It's been a hard campaign season. To make the actual task of voting less of a task, here are some simple ways to make Election Day easier.
Find out which candidate is right for you. Once you click on your state or enter your zip code, the site directs you to a page where you can explore issues and see how the candidates compare to your views. For instance, click on environment and a yes/no question will pop up: "Do you support environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Once you respond, the candidates who agree most and less with you will appear in order. You can then click through to get a detailed profile about the candidate, including biographical info, voting record, endorsements, campaign finances and more.
Described as "Netflix for voting," the non-profit TurboVote makes it easy to vote and register from home. Just submit your address and the site helps you vote early or request an absentee ballot. Need a reminder to vote? TurboVote will nudge you with e-mail and texts so you remember to take action before and on Election Day.
The site offers insight and analysis of election trends, but it's also a great and easy resource to find out about your state's ballot initiatives (i.e., all those propositions you keep hearing about but don't understand). Just click on your state and find out who's running, and a detailed look at all the initiatives you will be voting on.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, FactCheck.Org monitors the accuracy of what is said by candidates from TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. They also just added "Cash Attack" tracking groups behind the ad money.
A great resource to simply find voting locations, registration instructions and ballot initiative information.
6) Mobile Commons:
Just text "where" to 30644. You can also text "donde" to get your answer in Spanish. The system will then reply, asking for your home address. Give it to them, and it'll send back your polling location. It's that simple, and it's also free!