AAUW Action Fund Releases Voter Guides for 2016 Election

Find Out Where Candidates Stand on Women’s Issues

August 1, 2016

Media Contact:
Amy Becker, beckera@aauw.org

WASHINGTON — Today, the AAUW Action Fund released its first voter guides for the 2016 election. These essential tools help voters compare candidates one-on-one in races nationwide. The guides also show how candidates and elected officials stack up on issues that are important to women and their families this election year.

“Reporters and pundits constantly refer to unmarried women as part of the rising American electorate, and candidates know they need women’s votes to win. It’s less clear if candidates understand that to win our votes, they must speak directly to the issues we care about,” said Lisa Maatz, AAUW vice president of public policy and government relations. “Smart candidates understand that platitudes and pandering won’t pass the smell test — we want details from our representatives, and we want action.”

The AAUW Action Fund voter guides help inform voters by providing nonpartisan information about presidential, U.S. Senate, and gubernatorial candidates’ positions on issues like equal pay, education funding, and reproductive rights. Candidates’ positions are determined using their voting records, public statements, campaign position papers, and information posted by trusted online sources. Senate races featured in the guides include those in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania along with gubernatorial races in North Carolina and Montana. And there are more to come.

Making sure voters have clear information on candidate positions is as critical as getting people to the polls in November. This is especially true for women, whose votes will likely decide the 2016 election, as they did in 2012. The AAUW Action Fund’s nationwide voter education and get-out-the-vote program, It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard, is already working to turn out women voters and ensure that elected officials are held accountable — before and after the November election — on critical policy issues facing women and families.

AAUW’s voter guides will be widely distributed nationally and used in volunteer get-out-the-vote efforts, including forums, town halls, candidate debates, and local voter education events. Additionally, AAUW members and supporters educate local communities on the issues and policy makers’ records to demonstrate, particularly to women voters, what’s at stake as they head to the polls.

“These voter guides are powerful accountability tools inside and outside the Beltway,” noted Maatz. “Candidates need to be aware that women are watching and will hold candidates’ feet to the fire on Election Day and beyond.”