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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

Study finds critical need for Civic/Voter Education

2013 October 10

Ted McConnell, the Director for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and about to be one of Vote Smart's new board members sent me the following information about a critically important report issued yesterday.

 It firmly validates all of our staff's work and pleadings, perhaps most interestingly the need to present data in entertaining interactive formats and the impact Vote Smart has demonstrated in at risk communities and in K-12 classrooms.  I wanted to make sure that you got this.  It is not just Vote Smart that knows this problem.  "Big Data" must be humanized.

From the CIRCLE website:
The ongoing crisis in Washington, D.C., has once again laid bare the deep polarization and partisan divisions among our elected leaders. This political climate makes civic education both more challenging and increasingly important: teaching tomorrow’s leaders to be informed, responsible citizens emerges as a vital long-term solution to political dysfunction.
To that end, the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge has released its report (click this link to access the report) “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement.”
A bipartisan group of distinguished scholarly experts from diverse disciplines and institutions, the Commission was convened by CIRCLE to study aspects of youth political engagement. The report, which was presented on October 9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., is a detailed yet wide-ranging look at the current state of civic education, informed voting, and political engagement of the ...

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Vote Smart first partnered with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in 2011, and they have graciously housed our office at the University of Texas, Austin since then. Our partnership has been going so well that, for the first time, we have been able to establish an intern program during the summer months, where college students can experience our Key Votes Department through researching bills and compiling voting records.

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Sen. Max Baucus will not be seeking reelection in 2014

2013 April 23

As of this morning, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,has joined an increasingly long list of senators that will not seek reelection in 2014.

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