A clearly frustrated voter recently contacted the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters (LWV) with a simple question, "How can I intelligently vote in the local races if I can't find any information? I'm extremely disappointed about available information this election cycle. I would have thought there would be more of an effort to get information to all voters.”

The pandemic has changed how candidates campaign (or not), and it changed how our league produced the nonpartisan candidate information we are known and respected for delivering to voters.

We invited the eight candidates running for the Legislature in Senate Districts 2 and 4 and House Districts 2B and 4B to participate in a one-on-one video interview with a LWV member to get their views on issues of concern to voters.

In a departure from our tradition, we provided candidates with the questions in advance. Our ask of the candidates was for 20 minutes of their time, via Zoom, over a multi-day, 12-hour period. In an effort to increase participation, we went so far as to offer one candidate “any day, any time.” No answer.

Interviews with four of the candidates can be found online with links posted on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/detroitlakeslwv), the chamber’s website (http://visitdetroitlakes.com), Fundamental Technologies (http://fundamentaltechnologies.com website and YouTube. The Detroit Lakes Public Library has a dedicated computer devoted to voting information and candidate videos.

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We regret that the other four candidates chose to either not respond at all or not participate. In the words of the frustrated voter, "Candidates who do not respond are obviously not interested in my vote.”

Interest in the candidates is at an all-time high, as is early/absentee voting. As voters fill out their ballot, LWV encourages you to invest time in researching the candidates by viewing these videos. Be an informed voter because your vote truly does matter.