Political Group Wants Grand Valley Residents to Vote Smart

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

We're less than 100 days away from November 4, when voters across the country will be making one of the most important decisions of the decade -- that's why one political group says it wants voters to make sure they know exactly who they're voting for.

"I think we tend to hear little bits here and there and a lot of the information we get over the media is tinged with emotional issues and what the campaigns are putting out," said Carol Coburn, a Grand Junction voter.

Coburn says as she tries to decide who to vote for, she wants the facts. But often times she says she's left with fluff, smear and spin. Saturday, members of Project Vote Smart were in Grand Junction showing voters how to change that.

"We provide information on over forty thousand candidates and elected officials," said Tallie Spiller of Project Vote Smart. "Things like voting records, interest group ratings, campaign finances, public statements."

Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan political information group whose mission is to make every American an informed voter when they walk into the polls. The group has compiled a massive internet database with detailed information about national and state leaders.

"What we're doing is providing people with this essential resource for a healthy democracy," said Spiller.

With just a click of the mouse, users can see who their elected officials are, look up any candidate they're interested in learning more about, see which candidates support which kinds of issues, and see which groups support which candidates.

"They can decide for themselves who is the best candidate for them," said Spiller.

Project Vote Smart claims to expose the candidates and show voters who they really are, which is one of the reasons why Mesa County Public Libraries invited them to the Grand Valley.

"There's ads and there's campaigns, but the library really wants people to know where to look for real, truthful information," said Rachel Hanson of Mesa County Public Libraries.

While it says the website is the quickest and easiest way to that information, Project Vote Smart also has a phone line and a "Voters Self Defense Manual," so even those who are less technologically inclined can still have access.

"It's pretty hard to get down to the basic facts," said Coburn. "So this provides a tool for doing that for anybody. It's a very empowering thing for the individual voter."

For more information on Project Vote Smart click on the link below or call them at 1-888-868-3762.

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