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Your Candidates, Your Issues: Data You Need to Cast Your Best Vote

by Countable | Updated on 10.8.18

  • As the midterm elections approach, many voters feel that it’s hard to come by reliable information about candidates’ positions and the broader issues they seek to address.
  • This new Voter Center is the first of its kind to show the public positions of U.S. House and Senate candidates in the context of data on those issues.
  • USAFacts founder and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explains:

Details

We’ve partnered with USAFacts, a non-profit, non-partisan civic initiative aimed at making government numbers more available, accessible, and understandable, to bring you a platform that lets you search for your district and candidates using your home address.

The Voter Center will then present every candidate on your ballot, each campaign’s stated positions on a range of issues, and curated government data on how the country is doing on those issues.

You can also click through to check if you’re registered to vote on Tuesday, November 6th, and find additional ways to become civically engaged.

Why this Voter Center?

In USAFacts’ 2018 State of the Facts Poll, 61 percent of Americans said the primary way they formed opinions on policies was by researching and finding data about an issue, compared to 54 percent who said their values guided their opinions.

The poll also found that 80 percent of Americans are concerned that election information is biased.

USAFacts – and by extension, this Voter Center – relies exclusively on publicly available government data sources. It makes no judgments, nor prescribes specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse – that’s for you to decide.

Hopefully, this information will spur serious, reasoned, and informed debate on the purpose and functions of government. Such debate is vital to our democracy.

Countable founder Bart Myers weighs in:

"It's never been more important for Americans to be engaged with their government. But while taking action is important, it's essential that voters have access to digestible, non-partisan, and trustworthy information to inform their choices."

Armed with such information, you can cast your best vote.

What do you think?

Visit the Voter Center to see how your candidates and the data stack up against the issues that matter to you. Tell your reps what you think, then share your thoughts below.

—Sara E. Murphy

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / THEPALMER

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  • Janet
    10/13/2018
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    I will be voting straight Democrat. The current administration and Republican Party is a disaster. There is no regard for the health, wealth, environment, education, justice, etc. for the people that they represent. Long -term harmful results of their actions will be detrimental to us and future generations.

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  • Laura
    10/09/2018
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    Important!! This is happening while Trump is trying to distract us. Pay close attention to House Bill 610 when voting during the midterm elections (this dismantles gifted programs, school nutrition standards, special needs support, disability support, and all the jobs that go along with these wonderful things in the public school systems): The school voucher system proposed by Education secretary Betsy DeVos does not mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It means the public education program will be dismantled. If your child has an IEP (individual education plan for students with special needs), kiss it goodbye. If you have a job in special-education, if you're a special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, a teacher's aid, or an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for earning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

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  • Surender
    10/13/2018
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    If jared kushner is worth $250 mil and has paid zero taxes in decades there is something deeply flawed with the system and country! If moron was able to evade taxes on $500 mil of wealth transfers and only now is being exposed something is deeply flawed with the IRS who goes after every penny!? WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?

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  • SneakyPete
    10/13/2018
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    ‘Liars, Leakers, and Liberals' “DEMOCRATS” We are sadly 😔 seeing our opposition DEMOCRATIC party drifting from Liberal to Progressive Democrats and now we are seeing sadly 😞 seeing a growing segment of Democrats turning to Socialist members, which is tainting its political and social agendas . The country doesn’t deserve or need to see them increasing its expansion of Socialist political influence increased. The SAD 😞 Performance conducted by Senators Feinstein, Blumenthal, Booker and the remainder of the Democratic Senators of the Senate Judicial Committee, supported by remainder of the Senates Democrats, will cost drastically during the 6 November Midterms Elections, Mark My Words....... The Democratic minders have and will continue their using of all of the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” concepts, including that “If you create and spread a “FALSEHOOD” about an “Opposition”candidate long enough, the “Uniformed” will believe the lie. It’s a “COMMUNITY ORGANIZING” basic. VOTE 🗳 REPUBLICAN FOR ALL THE LOCAL OFFICES TO THE LOCAL STATE HOUSE OFFICES AND All THE WASHINGTON SENATE & HOUSE SEATS OF CONGRESS. VOTE 🗳 REPUBLICAN ON 6 NOVEMBER 10*13*18 ..... SneakyPete..... SEE: For those who don’t already know: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals

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  • William
    10/13/2018
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    Those saying don't trust this app, it's pulling information from the reps current/past voting information and their current running platform. You can see it on their own sites. If you don't like what it says maybe you should stop listening to the BS ads and read a little more before you back the wrong horse. The only slant is there's no slant. A candidate who hasn't been in office only has their words and current platform where one already in office has a history and proof of what they have done beforehand. You don't like it, don't vote for them, again, and don't blame the site for pointing it out to you.

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  • TrulyTexan
    10/13/2018
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    Riley, I think you are very confused and have a complete lack of reality based thinking. Please seek help from a professional. The projecting you are forcing on the Democrats from what the republicans are doing is horribly delusional.

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  • Susan
    10/09/2018
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    I love this app. It gives you a full message on each issue per candidate. It’s very helpful.

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  • Carmen
    10/13/2018
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    Close to 40 years being a stanch Republican. Their values, morals, integrity have gone over the cliff what’s now is Trumps party. I now will be VOTING DEMOCRATS ONLY.

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  • Riley
    10/13/2018
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    I will be voting all Republican. I don't want to be associated with the the destruction of Americas foundation. Which would happen under Democrats. If dems win our taxes will go up, jobs will disappear, lose our guns, lose freedom of speech, have wide open borders, and endless spending of your taxpayer dollars on the murder of babies. Also not to mention due process would be dead.

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  • Dara
    10/08/2018
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    I like this idea. It is another source of information. Politicians will tell you anything, look at their actions people. I grow increasingly tired of rich people buying airtime and votes.

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  • Steven
    10/08/2018
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    I would not trust any information on this application it leans so far to the left it’s laying down.

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  • TexasTRex
    10/13/2018
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    Though I have always leaned conservative, enough has been said and done, especially during the Kavanaugh confirmation, to push me vote straight red this November...NO exception! It is very scary the control and tyranny that will happen of the Democrats gain power...ever! They will stoop to any level to get power. It starts with one SCOTUS justice, but will continue u til our freedoms have been systematically stripped from us just because they THINK they know better. And if they gain power in November, I have no doubt they will waste no time doing it. Obama didn’t sink the country far and fast enough into Socialism so that President Trump has been able to salvage our country. This red wave must continue and become a tsunami if solid morals and ethical value are going to reign in the US. And to my representatives, the Democrats have shown they won’t compromise yet expect we do all the time hoping they will. Just stand strong on conservative values. Remind the people how much better we are off. God bless.

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  • Dennis
    10/14/2018
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    Never in my entire voting career have I voted a complete slate of one party. For the first time I will vote entirely for the Democratic Party...it’s unconscionable what the Republicans have become.

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  • denali
    10/13/2018
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    Why do we vote for party and not people? I’m voting for each person individually, it might be all of them are from one party, it might not. Country over party. How about a People’s Party?

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  • Riley
    10/08/2018
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    You definitely shouldn't trust this app. It only gets information from left wing biased sources. Take everything you see on here with a grain of salt.

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  • Jeannetta
    10/14/2018
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    Excited to say our whole family received our absentee ballots last week and we all agreed that Kayne West did not sway any of us. We will be having a absentee ballot party and I am the designated person to mail them all. We all are voting straight ticket Dems. 🤗 and there are allot of us. Donald must be checked!

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  • BoldlyGo
    10/14/2018
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    Get rid of the treasonous corrupt Republican leadership in congress and the Senate vote blue no matter who and clean out the White House☨🗽

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  • Lance
    10/13/2018
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    Only way to safe the nation vote out all Democrats

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  • Chuck
    10/13/2018
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    As an independent voter, Republicans are offer me nothing more then deceit and chaos, Therefore, I will be voting Democrat in both state and congressional elections.

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  • Alucard1776
    10/14/2018
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    I will be voting straight Democrat. The current administration and Republican Party is a disaster. There is no regard for the health, wealth, environment, education, justice, etc. for the people that they represent. Long -term harmful results of their actions will be detrimental to us and future generations.

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