again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative
online destinations. Our web guide is VOA's Art Chimes.
is Election Day here in the United States. In addition to choosing our next
president, we'll be casting ballots for Senators and members of the House of
Representatives, plus thousands of state and local offices. To help them make
their selection, many American voters will turn to the non-partisan candidate
information on this week's Website of the Week, votesmart.org.
Vote Smart's website is really the only place that a person can come and get
just the facts. No hype, no spin, no hidden agenda," says Adelaide Elm, a
board member of Project Vote Smart. Since 1995, their website has provided a
vast library of unbiased information about candidates for thousands of elective
offices throughout the United States.
cover about 40,000 candidates and incumbents around the country," added
Elm. "We collect their voting records, their campaign contributions, their
public statements and speeches, their backgrounds [and] previous experience,
and their ratings by competing special interest groups."
says running for office is like applying for a job. If you're hiring someone, you
want to know as much as you can about the applicants. Same way with candidates
for public office, and she says the vast amount of negative advertising doesn't
really serve voters well.
candidates spend much of their campaign time telling us how bad the other
applicant for the job is going to be. So Project Vote Smart is fighting that
tendency of the major parties and the campaigns and the candidates to twist and
manipulate the facts and really get at the information that the people need to
site is updated daily with candidates' speeches and statements, and it's all
fully searchable, whether you're looking for information about presidential
candidates John McCain or Barack Obama, or candidates for Congress or state
office. You'll find Project Vote Smart at votesmart.org, or get the link to
this and more than 200 other Websites of the Week
including several other recent political selections, from our site,