LWVCA Educational Fund to Host Webinars on Voter Guide Best Practices

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[Image courtesy of LWVCA Educational Fund]

Here’s a programming note from the League of Women Voters California Educational Fund regarding a series of webinars this week:

We’ll be using the voter guide recommendations from the Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information Guides, which was specifically developed as an easy-to-use resource to make voter information more effective, more inviting, and more useful, to engage and educate California’s diverse voters.

For more information about the project, check out our guest blog post “Improving Voter Guides to Increase Voter Participation” by our Executive Director, Melissa Breach, featured by The James Irvine Foundation.

Sign up for the webinars now [NOTE: ALL TIMES PACIFIC]:

“What are the Best Practices for Developing and Reviewing Voter Guides?”
Monday, April 27
11:00am-12:00pm
Learn how voters get information and how to implement the best practices for voter guides to raise voter confidence and increase participation. This is the first of four webinars based on the recommendations in the Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information Guides. We will present an overview of the project, including an introduction of the main themes in the manual: layout and visual presentation, civic literacy, and plain language.
To Register: http://bit.ly/VoterGuideWebinar1

“How to Use Layout and Visual Presentation in Voter Guides”
Monday, April 27
1:30pm-2:30pm
This is the second of four webinars based on the recommendations in the Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information Guides. We will provide the types of layout, visual images, and typography that should be used that raise voter confidence and increase participation.
To Register: http://bit.ly/VoterGuideWebinar2

“How to Use Voter Guides to Close the Civic Literacy Gap”
Friday, May 1
11:00am-12:00pm
This is the third of four webinars based on the recommendations in the Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information Guides. We will provide tools to personalize voter information and help close the civic literacy gap. We will also discuss how to use structure and content to raise voter confidence to increase participation.
To Register: http://bit.ly/VoterGuideWebinar3

“How to Use Plain Language in Voter Guides”
Friday, May 1
1:30pm-2:30pm
This is the last of four webinars based on the recommendations in the Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information Guides. We will provide an overview of plain language and show you how to present the right information at the right level of detail. We will show you how to organize information an in easy to follow path to raise voter confidence and increase participation.
To Register: http://bit.ly/VoterGuideWebinar4

The material in these webinars is backed by research as well as by field studies done with real voters – which means there is likely much of value to election officials and designers nationwide. I’m looking forward to hearing them share the results.

Thanks to Jenn Pae of the League for sharing the news about these webinars and to the League and the Irvine Foundation for helping to put them together – hope you’ll register and give them a listen!

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