To Candidates and their webmasters:
Consider linking to Smart Voter from your personal campaign website. Or you may want to tell others about the voter information you have put on your Smart Voter pages.
See Important Notes below.
Choose Your Page Name (URL)
- www.smartvoter.org/vote/firstname_lastname --
If no other candidate in the current election on Smart Voter
has your first and last name, this URL will go to your Smart
Voter web page. The names used are those you used when filling
out the candidate form. If you wish, you may include your middle
initial or use your nickname as entered in your candidate form: "www.smartvoter.org/vote/firstname_middle_lastname"
The name portion is not case sensitive, so you could say either www.smartvoter.org/vote/Jim_Smith or www.smartvoter.org/vote/jim_smith. "vote" must be lower-case. See the note about duplicate names below.
- smartvoter.org/vote/lastname -- This simplest form will find all web pages for candidates with your last name in the current election. If you have a unique last name, you might want to choose this form.
In the event of duplicate names, all candidates with the same specified name will be listed and the user can select the one desired. We cannot guarantee the URL will always go directly to a single candidate's web page. Candidate names are usually added to Smart Voter about two months before election day, but write-in candidates are added later. And there may be multiple active elections.
Try the URL and see what happens. If your candidate name is listed on our public site now and you don't yet have a Smart Voter page, your browser should take you to your name in the candidate list. Or you will see the duplicate names listed.
- smartvoter.org/yyyy/mm/dd/ss/cc/vote/lastname_firstinitial --
Always find your web page -- even years from now. Go to your
published Smart Voter web page, then copy the URL from your
For example, the date might be "2012/11/06", ss = state code (ca or pa or oh), cc = 2 or 3 character county code (or "state") and lastname_firstinitial = the candidate's last name and initial of the first name without blanks. In the event of duplicate names, more than the first initial will be used.
If you have any questions about your URL, please contact your county coordinator or Smart Voter Central.
Three important notes
- If the words near your link or reference
contain the name "League of Women Voters", you must
include this statement (in smallest type,
if you wish) near the link or reference: "The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates
for public office or political parties." Best practice: don't use our name.
- Be sure to test the URL you select before you use it on material. The Smart Voter project assumes no responsibility for incorrectly formed URLs that have been published.
- You are not allowed to use the League of Women Voters logo or the Smart Voter logo except in our ballot lookup widget.
Offer your users our Ballot Look-upConsider offering the Smart Voter Ballot Lookup to visitors of your web site.
From your page, your visitors can type in their street address and zip code and get their personal ballot: the list of all supported contests with convenient access to Smart Voter's nonpartisan information on contests and ballot measures.
See a working example and get the code. This is the only instance where we permit you to use (a portion of ) our logo.