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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
- Read arguments from multiple perspectives, not just the arguments of the perspective you are presenting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- ...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?