Easy, comprehensive place to get information on elected officials. I no longer have to search through difficult websites via the government. I can see votes by all members of congress and legislature while also effectively sizing up my own local candidates. I don't know of any other means to have this sort of information so readily at my fingertips.
I was referred to the votesmart.org some time ago and it has become the 'bible' for my understanding the issues, researching articles and speeches, and finally which representative best represents my views. Great site, very easy to use, and the only one I can find that provides facts in a non-partisan way.
Wake up, people, wake up! Our mass media is not telling us how our representatives voted and on what. 30 years ago, I learned of the bipartisan Votesmart.org and started to support them after learning what they had/have to offer. Call 1888 VOTE-SMART to ask an intern your candidate question: their interns have been spending countless hours researching... You can also quickly find the answers you seek at VoteSmart.org's web site, where not only are 17 representative bills detailed with the Y/N votes indicated for your reps, but also 0-100% focus group ratings. Answer 13 simple questions in "VoteEasy" to watch the candidates that agree with you come forward or recede with representative percentages. Donate $10 and they will send you their biannual Voter's Self-Defense Manual rag listing the whole country's info. Check out their **** rating at the philanthropic accountability web site, CharityNavigator.org and donate, go intern yourself, tell ten people today. Voting is not a Democracy Sport.
I'm an intern at Vote Smart and I can personally attest to the fact that we operate under strict non-partisanship. The work done here is done with great care and love for our country. The people who work here honestly care about citizen's rights to know their politicians, no matter what they believe. It's a wonderful thing to see so many people working so hard for the greater good.
I have had the greatest pleasure working with Project Vote Smart. The people here are dedicated to their work, which is to spread the facts about politicians. I would encourage you to visit their website http://votesmart.org to find information about your candidate's public statements, interest group ratings, campaign contributions, and issue positions.
I decided to work for Vote Smart because of its mission. There are Conservatives and Liberals everywhere that believe in us and believe that the facts ARE important. It keeps me from feeling defeated by the current political climate and is a constant reminder of why I choose to contribute to the organization. The culture of the organization is unlike any non profit I've ever worked for. People ages 18 to 87 come and work together at our beautiful Montana ranch for the common goal to strengthen democracy.
Vote Smart efficiently spends it's time and money to get accurate non-partisan information on all levels of government. The staff, although young, has the drive to make a difference in today's turbulent political climate, presenting the raw facts to voters instead of presenting information with a hidden agenda.
Project Vote Smart is great cause and a fun place to work. The staff and interns work hard to make sure the voting public stays informed and up to date.
Vote Smart provides unbiased information on political candidates to Americans - this is much needed during this terrible election season! The organization does a great job of communicating with donors and provide an invaluable resource to voters, something that no other non-profit does as accurately.