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Resources for Government Class research in preparation for the Voter Forum presentations.

General Information

Oregon Voters' Guide

Other Voting Guides & General Information

News Relating to Ballot Measures

General Notes about Researching Ballot Measures

Reminders when researching Ballot Measure Information

  1. Read arguments from multiple perspectives, not just the arguments of the perspective you are presenting.
  2. Be aware of your own (Confirmation) Bias:  what you personally believe will affect  both WHAT and HOW you search for information, and HOW you interpret the information you find, whether you intend it to or not.
  3. Use original sources whenever possible:  if someone quotes a statistic, WHERE did they get that information? This is especially true for comments in the Voters' Pamphlet, or information on BallotPedia.
  4. Research your sources....:  WHO is the person or organization making the claim?  WHAT might their reason  be for making those claims? WHAT, if anything, gives them credibility?
  5. ...but Don't Take Their Word For It : when researching a source, don't trust the "about us" page of the person or organization's website. Read laterally.  WHAT do other people say about the source?