SOURCE: Vote Smart

Vote Smart

September 15, 2014 10:46 ET

What Do a Broadway Actress, U.S. Navy Captain and College Students Have to Do With Your Vote?

Vote Smart Is Revolutionizing Transparency in Government Through Technology

GREAT DIVIDE RANCH, MT--(Marketwired - September 15, 2014) - Transparency in government is evolving from a political tagline into an exciting reality thanks to Vote Smart's multi-cultural, cross-generational volunteers and their new tools for voters. Fueled by citizens, from a Broadway actress to a retired Navy Captain, to hundreds of dedicated college students, Vote Smart is funded entirely by foundation grants and individual contributions from citizens across the political spectrum. 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.

Tools such as I SPY and Political Galaxy provide user-friendly access to the unbiased information voters need to know about candidates and issues important to them, and cut through the chaos of today's political circus.

  • I SPY empowers voters to select any politician and review their entire record: biography, key votes, issue positions, public statements, special interest group ratings and campaign contributors.
  • Political Galaxy gives voters instant access to all the facts on any federal politician, on any issue, at any time.
  • VoteEasy enables voters to do side-by-side comparisons of Congressional candidates on 12 national issues - and then compare politicians' stances with their own.
  • My Vote Smart offers voters timely updates and alerts on any politician or issue important to them.

"The endless stream of biased reporting, distorted ads and misinformation make it nearly impossible for voters to know the truth behind candidates and their positions," said Richard Kimball, president of Vote Smart. "We created these easy-to-use tools to help voters learn the facts so they can vote smart."

Vote Smart (formerly known as Project Vote Smart), founded and endorsed by nationally recognized thought-leaders such as former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, is currently utilized by major search platforms and media outlets like Bing, USA Today and National Journal. Vote Smart is the premier non-partisan, citizen-driven organization devoted to voter education.

To try these tools for yourself, visit www.votesmart.org. To see the tools in action and learn more about the organization, watch this report.

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