Be A Voter: 2020 Election Guide

News Coverage of the Election

For news coverage of the candidates and the issues, visit these library databases:

  • Chicago Tribune Online
    Includes a 2020 voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking and details on how to vote in Illinois.

  • Naperville Sun
    Includes 2020 election coverage for local and state races.

  • New York Times
    Includes coverage for the Presidential race.

  • PressReader
    Provides access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the United States.

Inform Your Vote

  • Illinois State Bar Association's Judicial Evaluations
    The site provides information about the qualifications of judicial candidates and as well as judges seeking retention. It also polls its members regarding candidates and judges seeking retention. If 65% or more of those polled state that a candidate or judge meets the qualifications for the office, they are rated as "Recommended." However, these poll results do not constitute an endorsement by the Illinois State Bar Association.

  • BallotReady
    A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady let’s you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”.

  • Student Voting Guide
    A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

    Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

  • Project Vote Smart
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

  • News For You Voting Guide
    An easy to read guide that explains the voting and election process.

  • VOTE411
    A nonpartisan site run by the League of Women Voters that provides unbiased and accurate voting information.

Voter Rights & Accommodations

Fact Checking

  • Annenberg Political Fact Check
    Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

  • Center for Public Integrity
    A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

  • NewsGuard
    Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

  • Politifact
    A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

Campaign Finance Disclosures

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Naperville Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement. Last updated 11/4/2020.