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VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in Ohio

2014 October 27

Great Divide Ranch, MT—Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving Arizona voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Nineteen congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.
 
Since 1992, the Test has measured each candidate’s willingness to answer the voter’s questions on vital issues. VoteEasy, an easy-to-use tool on Vote Smart’s new user-friendly website, uses the results of the test to help voters find their perfect match.
 
“Seventy percent of today’s political advertising is used in attack ads, and few candidates are willing to expose themselves on issues that their pollsters have not stamped as ‘safe’,” said Adelaide Elm, Vote Smart board member, “but thanks to VoteEasy, voters have access to the information candidates don’t want them to know.”
 
By simply entering their zip code into VoteEasy, voters can instantly compare their own positions on twelve key issues to those of the congressional candidates who want their votes, in an entertaining, visual candidate-matching tool.
 
Additionally, voters seeking information on gubernatorial and legislative candidates can find their comprehensive profiles in Vote Smart’s new web-based tool called I SPY, which allows them to enter a candidate’s name and see everything from Political Courage Test results to top campaign contributions.

Vote Smart’s extensive research serves as the foundation for the Political Courage Test and VoteEasy, and fuels the tools that empower voters to vote smart.

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October Common Ground E-Newsletter

2014 October 22

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Everything You Need to Know About 21st Century Politics

2014 October 03

Politicians have discovered it is not only cheaper but easier to manipulate voters emotionally rather than informing them intellectually. Since politics has become a dollars race, whoever raises the most money will win. Platforms, competence, and ideas have taken a back seat to attack ads and courage-less politicians. 

2014 Voter Self-Defense Manual Release

2014 September 30

Vote Smart announced today that the 2014 Voter’s Self-Defense Manual is available free to all voters by simply calling 888-VoteSmart or emailing membership@votesmart.org.

September Common Ground E-Newsletter

2014 September 26

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Revolutionizing Transparency in Government through Technology

2014 September 15

Today, Vote Smart announces the unveiling of its powerful new tools that provide every citizen interactive, instant access to the facts on any politician, on any issue, at any time.

Three Prominent Elections Experts Join Vote Smart Board

2014 September 09

Three prominent political research experts, Brooks Jackson, Ted McConnell, and Sheila Krumholz, have joined the board of Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org), the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections.

Unmatched Free Database on 150,000 Politicians Now Available

2014 September 07

Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org), the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections, announced a series of massive additions to its factual database on over 150,000 current and former elected officials and candidates. 

Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating

2014 September 05

 Vote Smart’s Great Divide Research Center reported today that its member contributions have increased in 2014 by 81%, and that it has gotten Charity Navigator’s highest four star rating. 

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