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236 Years Later - Get the Facts you Deserve!

5 July 2012

236 years ago yesterday,* some people set in motion a really good idea. It was so good that it galvanized thousands of people. 

People from different towns, cities, and colonies, from different backgrounds, different ages and different religions, came together and sacrificed – their time, their labor, and some their lives – just to see that idea realized. And it wasn't easy. We celebrate the 4th of July with parades, barbecues and fireworks and sometimes forget about the 14th of January, “Ratification Day”, which commemorates the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in 1784; 8 hard fought years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. And it wasn't just 8 years of suffering and sacrifice that secured the promise laid down in that original document. In many ways we're still fighting for it today.
We don't mean to be heavy handed with the metaphors, but sometimes they are worth pointing out. Just like back then, people from different towns and cities, different backgrounds, different ages, religions, different political beliefs are all coming together to work for another really good idea – Project Vote Smart. Here, we do the work that needs to be done to keep our democracy strong by providing quality, non-partisan information to every American citizen, free of charge, so they can elect those to office who will truly represent them. And it isn't easy. It has taken over 20 years and countless hours to realize that idea. It's such a simple idea that a lot of people don't understand the hard work and resources that are needed to keep it going. We hope that you do. Times are tough, both economically and politically, and it seems like it might be hard to make a difference, but we are. 

We're making it easier for more and more people to Vote Smart. 

  • We're constantly innovating and updating the way we deliver the Voter's Self Defense System with new website designs and features that help you get the 100% factual information you want.
  • Our award-winning tool VoteEasy helps you quickly and easily utilize the immense amount of research we do every day.
  • Through social media such as Twitter and Facebook we're reaching a whole new audience and teaching them how to Vote Smart.
  • We're sticking with our hugely popular programs like our Voter's Self Defense Manual, which will be updated and released September 2012. Our members will receive a copy in the mail as soon as it is released.
These are just a few of the ways we're helping our fellow citizens get the facts they deserve.

*Legally the US separated from Britain on July 2nd, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress approved a “resolution of independence”. Some historians don't think the Declaration of Independence was signed until August.

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