The Star also will be partnering with Verify More, a 501(c)(3), to conduct background checks on the candidates.
Just as applicants for nearly any job or volunteer position undergo a basic background check, we’re asking candidates who want to serve the public to participate in a similar screening process. The background check is voluntary, and candidates who opt in will provide basic information to Verify More to facilitate a search of civil and criminal records, verification of their resume and a check on their social media history.
Verify More works with Sterling Talent Solutions, which does pre-employment screenings. The nonprofit, which has a bipartisan board, posts the results of the background checks online and shares them with partner news organizations.
The goal is to ensure that voters have the facts they need about candidates before casting their ballots.
“An informed public and accurate media coverage play a vital role in elections, and Verify More’s background check system helps ensure that candidates are who and what they say they are,” said Ron Dotzauer, chairman of the board of Verify More and a veteran political operative. “We’re honored to help The Kansas City Star inform its readers and hold candidates accountable for their backgrounds in this election.”
The Star still will do additional vetting of and reporting on the candidates, but the background checks are one more tool that should help inform both voters and the editorial board’s endorsement process.