I generally go by parties. I like them to tell me what party they come from. Some I know of and will never ever want to recieve my vote. Some I am happy enough with to vote Number 1.
Last local election, when NOBODY advertised in my mailbox, and the ballots didn't have party names on them, and the only people harassing you with notes outside were right-wingers, I just handed in a blank ballot. I would rather not vote, than have risked voting for crazy mental parties or people.