by Carmela Willden
UWSL Student Intern

The date is coming up! On November 6, 2012 we will have the opportunity to cast our vote for the candidates who will make decisions regarding the direction of our country, state, and school system!

We are not only voting for the President and Congressional Leaders who will lead our country, we are also voting for our local candidates as well. The entire Utah House of Representatives is up for election, and so is half of the Senate and State School Board. It is critical that we research the candidates running for office. These are the people who make decisions that impact our community, how our tax dollars are spent, and the direction that our education system will take. These are decisions that will either help or hinder United Way of Salt Lake’s advocacy goals.

We must ensure we elect candidates who will strengthen our communities!

Redistricting may have affected the district you live in. Click here to make sure you know where your district is. To find out more information about your local school board candidates, click here. If you want to find out more information about your local candidates in the House and Senate, click here. Be an informed voter! There are many benefits of voting; read them now!

If you are not registered to vote there is still time! In-person & online registration deadline is October 22, 2012. Visit for additional information on registering to vote.

Make sure that you get OUT and VOTE on November 6, 2012 because it is our vote that will determine the direction of our country. If you want to vote early, the early voting period begins on October 23, 2012 and continues through November 2, 2012. For additional information on registering and voting, visit