On Tuesday, Sioux City residents will flock to the polls to cast their votes in the 2017 City Council elections. 

Still need to learn more about who's running or where they stand on the issues? We've got you covered. 

Whether you have 5 minutes or a couple of hours to spare, here are four ways you can research the candidates and the issues before casting your ballot. 

1. Read our profile series on the candidates.

The Journal is publishing a series of profiles on each of the six candidates this week. If you don't know much about the candidates and their backgrounds, this is a good place to start. 

So far, the Journal has profiled Pete Groetken, Jake Jungers and Dan Moore. We'll add one more per day through Saturday. 

For a quicker look at each candidate and their top issues, check out this series of profiles we published prior to the Oct. 10 primary. (The primary eliminated challengers Nick Davidson, John Olson and Brett Watchorn from the race.) 

2. Watch their video interviews with the Journal's editorial board.

Over the past two weeks, each of the six candidates has sat down with the Journal's editorial board for a Q-and-A session. The board will outline its endorsements in Sunday's issue of the Journal. 

You can find videos of the sessions here to watch each candidate speak in-depth about the issues. 

3. Watch the League of Women Voters forums.

Over the past month, the League of Women Voters of Sioux City has held a pair of forums for City Council candidates. The forums have been among the few times the candidates have been together in a forum/debate setting. 

Only have a couple of minutes? Read our coverage of Thursday's forum here

4. Know when, where and how to cast your vote.

There are three ways to vote in this year's election: By mail prior to election day, in person prior to election day, and in person on election day. You'll be able to pick up to three candidates on your ballot. 

Residents who opt to vote by mail can fill out a request form with the Woodbury County Auditor's Office to receive a ballot. They can then file the ballots via mail. Residents can also vote absentee in person at the Woodbury County Courthouse prior to Nov. 7.

Voters can alternately choose to cast their votes on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at one of 13 voting centers. Where's the closest one to you? Check out this map to find out:


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