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 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.
This is a marvelous, top notch organization. They accomplish a lot with very little.
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.
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.
What a wonderful source of information, and it gets better every year. I have donated annually and several years back volunteered for a week in their Montana headquarters. During my visit I had a chance to see in person how carefully they record, accuracy check, and analyze the mountains of data they collect. PVS allows us voters to go way beyond the slogans, false and misleading statements of the candidates, and truly determine how well they represent our views and values. PVS should be the core resource for every voter at election time. Tom
I am a retired grocery checker. 20 years ago I heard of this Project to provide accurate and unbiased information to voters. I was intrigued. Imagine being able to research candidates without wading through all the ads and mailers! Never would I have guessed 20 years ago all the misinformation and vitriol in our 'bought' elections today. I am so glad that in a small way I am contributing to civility and reason in our society today.
What could be more important now than to find something that is truly 'spin-free' and 'fair & balanced.' They don't always tell me what I want to hear; they just tell me the truth.
PROJECT VOTE SMART provides faces, not opinions or spin. In my career as a teacher and librarian I have always promoted PVS as a tool vital to young voters who want to be truly informed before voting. How much more non-partisan could you want ? Remember both Barry Goldwater and George McGovern helped to launch PVS !!
I found Votesmart.org while researching my book, and I have been hugely impressed with the quality of the service they offer. The Political Courage Test, in particular, should be something that every American demands their Representatives and Senators complete. It is shocking that only 35% of Congress completes this test, and even more shocking that those who refuse to complete the test often cite advice from their party leadership as the reason they dont complete the test.