How to Vet Political Candidates Throughout Election Year

( – The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has published a fact sheet to help Americans decide how to cast their ballot next year. It recommends six methods of cutting through “the clutter” to find the candidates that best appeal to each voter.

The first piece of advice is to explore each candidate’s individual website to see where they stand on critical issues, then investigate their voting records on those issues by searching the official Congress site. The group also recommends checking out local libraries and community centers to see if contestants are visiting and when. It is furthermore advisable to visit regional candidate offices and ask to speak to candidates or their representatives, as this allows for specific questions to be answered.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania keeps a written record of important or contentious statements that candidates have made over the years, which can be helpful AARP notes. It maintains a website at

Finally, voters are advised to visit AARP’s written coverage of essential issues such as healthcare and find out how elected representatives have voted on related legislation.

Several vital elections are coming up in 2024, including the Presidential election in November. Polls at the close of 2023 strongly suggest a rematch between President Biden and former President Trump, and notably show that Trump is gaining a lead over Biden in several crucial swing states.

Before that, the Presidential primaries will take place, starting for Republicans in January with Iowa and New Hampshire. In February, Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls in South Carolina, Nevada, and Michigan. Super Tuesday will occur on March 5, when more than a dozen states send delegates to party conventions; the Republican National Convention will be held on July 15, and the Democrats will follow on August 19.

On November 5, Americans will choose a new President and elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives as well as 33 senators.

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