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May 13, 2014 > VoterÕs Edge and Smart Voter join forces

VoterÕs Edge and Smart Voter join forces

Submitted By Pamela Behrsin

Smart Voter and MapLight have teamed up to bring California a new comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections called VoterÕs Edge. This partnership marries Smart VoterÕs powerful coverage of election contests and candidates with MapLightÕs expertise in public data and technology. Smart Voter is a long-respected program of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, one of the most authoritative sources for elections information in the state. MapLight is a nationally acclaimed 501(c) (3) research organization that publishes VoterÕs Edge, a national nonpartisan online voterÕs guide.

Using innovative technology, VoterÕs Edge will provide Californians with comprehensive information for California voters about all of the candidates - federal, state, and local - that will appear on their ballots, as well as nonpartisan information about state and local ballot measures. Local election information will cover 90 percent of California voters.

The partnership between the League of Women Voters Education Fund and MapLight is designed to provide critical, trustworthy information to help Californians decide how to vote at the polls. A balance of publicly-available and candidate-supplied information will be delivered more quickly and efficiently to a larger audience than was ever before possible.

VoterÕs Edge Ballot Measure pages will show each measureÕs Summary Information-what a ÒYESÓ or a ÒNOÓ vote would mean; the projected financial impact of the proposition; campaign arguments by proponents and opponents; Funding Data-a top 10 list of contributors, the geographic origin of contributions and a breakdown of contributions by industry; Key Endorsements for and against the measure; News; and Editorials.

VoterÕs Edge Candidate pages will show publicly-available information as well as information provided directly by candidates including: Political and Professional Background, Endorsements, Campaign Finance Data, Policy Priorities, Political Philosophy, and Videos of Key Policy Speeches. Candidate supplied information will be gathered through the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund's grassroots volunteers across the state.

VoterÕs Edge is made possible, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation as well as the generous support of individual League of Women Voters of California Education FundÕs Smart Voter donors.

For information about candidates and ballot measures, visit: www.votersedge.org and smartvoter.org

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