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October 19th, 2010

Websites of the Week: Informed Voting

by Carrie

Vote buttonIf you’d like help separating fact from fiction in the upcoming elections, take a look at the following nonpartisan websites:

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is a citizen and volunteer-based nonprofit which attempts to provide “access to abundant, accurate, and relevant information about those who govern us and those who wish to replace those who do.” Enter your ZIP code to find profiles of your representatives, including biographical information, voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances. VoteEasy is an interactive application which matches candidates to your political beliefs.


Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact aims “to help you find the truth in politics” by researching and reporting on “statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in Washington.” The site rates the truthfulness of these statements on their Truth-O-Meter. Their Obameter tracks more than 500 Obama campaign promises to measure the president’s progress.

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, “monitor[s] the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” A recent article, for example, analyzes the truthfulness of the claims made in Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad.