2012 April 17
By Jonathan Olivia
I'm a Political Science & Religion double major at the University of Southern California, and last semester, I had the opportunity to work as a congressional and presidential research intern for Project Vote Smart. At PVS, interns and staff contribute to a comprehensive research library of information on local and national politics, which can be easily utilized on the PVS website. Here are some time-saving ways to research political incumbents or challengers on votesmart.org.
What is the fastest way to research political incumbents/challengers using the Project Vote Smart website?
At the top right hand corner of the website, type in the last name of the political incumbent/challenger you're searching for. An alphabetically organized list of every political incumbent/challenger with that last name will appear. Entering a zip code could lead you to a more complicated list, all the way from the President to state representatives!
What is the fastest way to find Political Courage Tests on my local political officials?
Upon entering the PVS website, go to Elections & Candidates located at the top of the page and click on Political Courage Test. Scroll down to the Political Courage Test Results and click on Current Officials in Your State. Then just type in the office and state of the political official you're looking for.
How do I find legislation that focuses on a particular issue, such as abortion rights or same-sex marriage, in my state of California?
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