Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the launch of a new online tool to assist voters to become better acquainted with the candidates and questions they will see on their Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

The initiative named My Ballot not only allows users to view a list of what will be on their ballot, but also provides links to other sites allowing voters to access information about the candidates and ballot questions. The site is located at: http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/.

The webpage features:

• A comprehensive list of all candidates and questions appearing on individuals' ballots for the Nov. 6, 2012, General Election

• Links to candidate websites as provided by the candidates and to the language of ballot questions (constitutional amendments, local government questions)

• A link to sample ballots, if provided by the county

• Links to other online tools to assist voters including Polling Place Finder, Absentee Ballot Lookup and Voter Registration Lookup

• A similar user-friendly design to other tools on the Secretary of State website

• Explanations of candidate order as listed on ballot

A link to the My Ballot tool is also prominently featured on the www.mnvotes.org webpage.