Project Vote Smart

Rating: 4.94 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education

Location: One Common Ground Philipsburg MT 59858 USA

Mission: Project Vote Smart is dedicated to providing voters with the essential information to self-govern effectively. Because a knowledgeable electorate is the strongest component of a functioning democracy, our organization strives to provide free, non-biased, in-depth, and accurate information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.
Geographic areas served: United States - Nationally
Programs: VoteEasy: Check out the award-winning interactive tool found at www.voteeasy.org. The Political Courage Test: See how we challenge the candidates to tell voters where they stand on the issues.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I once wrote to Project Vote Smart asking about a rating they had received from an organization that rates charities. The head of the project wrote me a long letter with a great explanation about how they don't easily fit into the rating categories and I am now a donor for life. They do amazing work on a shoestring budget, and manage to stay neutral while reporting facts.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization because they provide clear evidence about what exactly our leaders have accomplished. I am thankful for unbiased reporting without all the noise.

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Project VoteSmart off and on for more than twenty years. The new VoteEasy feature is a kick! I am so impressed with all this organization offers in clear, non-partisan information. Recently I set up a display in my church's lobby (as long as it is non-partisan, it is legal) and also liked the website on Facebook. Project VoteSmart has always been a reliable source of information for me on candidates and issues, bills in Congress....so much easier to track than any other resource!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a marvelous, top notch organization. They accomplish a lot with very little.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

I stumbled on this organization several years ago and have loved it ever since. I can access factual information about a candidate quickly from my computer anytime and it is current. On a vacation I visited the Montana headquarters and saw for myself the assorted young (and old) folks doing the research. They scrupulously check their personal views at the door and provide a service I have not found anywhere else. Sally Stanton

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

With a crazy election process such as this one is turning out be, it is good to know Project Vote Smart is there to clear the confusion.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have found that Project Vote Smart does a remarkable job of providing information on candidates, parties, issues, and everything election-relation that I need/want. I usually start with Project Vote Smart for researching voting related info, and branch out from there as needed.

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A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

No other organization provides such detailed and in-depth information on the workings of our various governmental elected servants and keeps it current so that it can be used as a guide to evaluate how our elected officials are serving the interests of those who have elected them. And the leadership of Vote Smart is constantly seeking ways to expand their services and methods of getting their results out to the public.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am thankful to see this non-partisan non-profit addressing a critical national need. There is a deep-seated perception that the public is apathetic when it comes to engaging with civic issues and participating in elections. And some people ARE apathetic. But the lack of voter participation is a complex issue with many causes. Project Vote Smart squarely addresses two of them: (1) Project Vote Smart doesn't pick sides--we're all tired of politicians gerrymandering not only their districts and the election process itself, but also, gerrymandering the public into clumsy black-and-white choices about party affiliation. Like many, I'm more interested in the quality of the candidate. (2) Project Vote Smart presents clear information--I've been an information designer for 20 years--technical manuals, websites, grant proposals--and know how difficult it can be to present complex information simply. People are busy, so what may seem like apathy may simply be confusion and a lack of interest in trying to figure it out themselves.

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel priviledged to be able to give two weeks of my time working with the greatest group of young people to create an accurate, non-partisan database that is offered to all people who can access the web or call an 800 number. This database allows each person to determine what positions their candidate holds on 12 issues and, if that positiion agrees with their own. To build such a resource for all incumbents AND candidates at the federal and state level is a labor intensive effort. Volunteers are an important contributor. Their creation is available FREE to all who seek such knowledge. And this Republic cannot survive without educated politically involved citizens. It is the most patriotic mission imaginable.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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