Project Vote Smart

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

February 12, 2008

Most people have already made up their minds about who they're voting for in Tuesday’s primary, but they may not know everything they need to about their candidate of choice.

“Mike Huckabee he used to be the governor of Arkansas,” said Pete Spewak, Voter.
“I know he's a Baptist preacher,” said Kelsey sides, Student.
“Socially conservative….,” said Patty Gray, Voter.

These answers may be true, but is this all people really know about the candidates?

I interviewed a few people and most knew the basics, like where a candidate was from or which party they belonged to. What was really interesting was that not too many people knew about the issues the candidates supported.

When I asked one woman what she knew about Hilary Clinton she was at a loss for words. She wasn't the only one, but most people can tell you the basic information.

9:50 “everyone knows she's married to Bill,” said Rick P

But really how important is that?

For the rest of us that may not know everything about each candidate up for election there is a great tool that's out. It's a manual made by a voter researching organization, Project Smart Vote, and it lists all the candidates and all the issues they stand for. The research organization’s job is to research all sorts of information about the candidates up for election. They find out biographical info, where candidates stand on issues, interest group ratings, past voting records and how they received campaign finances.

The Vote Smart organization has been in business for over fifteen years.
They have interns and paid employees compiling research for the manual that is released before every major election.

What's great about the manual is it's unbiased and not promoted by any specific party. So, if you're torn between two different candidates you can just go down the list and find out who focuses more on your interests and values.

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