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July 27, 2010 > League announces publication of voter information book

League announces publication of voter information book

Submitted By John R. Smith

The League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City, a nonpartisan civic organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, announced today that it is planning a "Voter Information Book" for the upcoming 2010 elections. The League is extending an open invitation to all candidates running for an elected position in Fremont, Newark and Union City in the November 2nd election to participate. This will be the fifth edition of what has been a highly successful program from previous elections where candidates for local office have leveraged a cost-effective method for getting their message out to the voters of region.

Many candidates cannot afford the thousands of dollars required for direct mailers to get their message to the voters, and the League's non-partisan, cooperative campaign effort is a powerful medium for each candidate to get their message to likely voters.

Each candidate is allowed to design and submit two pages of information combining information and graphic elements. The collected pages will be assembled into a book according to the order the office appears on the ballot. All participating candidates share the cost of the book, with the cost decreasing per candidates as more candidates participate. The cost per household contact can be as little as $0.10 per contact, opposed to as much as $.75 per household contact mailing an individual piece.

Ms. Singer, Project Chair said, "It is expensive to run a campaign. For example running for Fremont City Council could end up costing a candidate as much as $100,000. We are attempting to level the playing field so that qualified candidates who are considering running for office will have a more affordable means of getting their message across to the voting public."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for each candidate to present their qualifications, values, goals and priorities to the voters in the "one stop information" guide for the voters," said a former participant from a previous election. There has been great participation in the past and all agreed it was a great value for the candidates.

When filing closes, August 11, 2010, all candidates will be notified who have provided contact information of this year's opportunity and requirements. Those candidates who are interested in participating should visit www.LWVFNUC.org to find more information and to let the League know of your interest in participating. The book does require a minimum number of candidates to participate in order to make it cost efficient.

Help voters get the information needed to make educated and informed voting decisions, while helping yourself get elected by participating in the League of Women Voters, Voter Information Book 2010.

To review past "Voter Information Books", visit the Fremont, Newark or Union City Libraries and ask for the League of Women Voter, "Voter Information Book."

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