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.
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.
A very low key positive fair outfit. They call 'um as the voting record shows what each politician behaves.
This organization is doing a vital job that no other (to my knowledge) is doing, that is they are working to inform voters. They are completely non-partisan, their only objective being to help voters find out what they need to know in order to choose their representative leaders wisely. In order to choose someone who represents you, you must know what a person really thinks, which can be reflected best by actions, rather than stump speeches. So Project Vote Smart came along to give us all we need in terms of voting records, non-campaign speech and answers to "pin you down" questionnaires which don't take platitudes for an answer. They do not care how you vote, but rather that you have the information you need in order to pick the people who will truly represent you.
I have been a donor nd ardent suppoter of Project Vote Smart for 20 years. The information I have received has always been of great value in helping me make decisions about voting. I have never found another group that provides the quality of information they provide. I regret that circumstances of health have kept me from being a more active participant. What a joy it would have been to work personally at their headquarters with these wonderful people. I would strongly urge anyone who has not availed themselves of PVJ's information to do so in time to use it in the upcoming election. It is an election with so many grave consequences for our country. So get informed and get into that voting booth come Novembe!
I've supported Project Vote Smart for many years, & have found them - founders & volunteer staff - to be incredibly dedicated to what they do, & so helpful in sharing their vast knowledge with anyone who's smart enough to call them for information. They do such a valuable job in helping educate voters on their congresspeople's voting records, & they are a national treasure! Please support them so they can continue their very important work.
Politicians lie. Cngenitally. Vote Smart provides the real story. It is an indispensible tool. the Founding Fathers would be proud. Elections should NOT be popularity contests. Votes should be made based on a candidates actual voting re cord. Vote Smart makes this possible.Yay, Votesmart!!
I am very strongly non-partisan and it is stupid difficult to find non-biased information on politicians. Votesmart fills this void and goes above and beyond the call of duty with their Courage Test and the Vote Easy research tool.
While the numbers seem to tell you that Project Vote Smart isn't using your money for their stated goals, I believe they are working on a shoe-string budget and the public is getting a LOT for their money. Their product is a unbiased chart showing how your elected officials have voted on topics of interest. They show the facts, not soundbites that the media provides you. Take a look at the small salaries the leaders of this organization gets paid. They are not raking in millions; they are making information available with volunteers and people who believe that our voting process needs information to work. SUPPORT THESE FOLKS doing a public service function!