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Date: April 23, 2012

Guest Speaker: Richard Kimball, President of Project Vote Smart

Description: Richard Kimball, the president of Project Vote Smart, joined us for a conversation about Project Vote Smart and their mission to ensure that every citizen has instant access to abundant, relevant, accurate information about those who represent us and those who are running for office.

Important Points:

  • Project Vote Smart is a 501(c)(3) educational organization funded exclusively through contributions from private citizens and philanthropic foundations. They do not accept contributions from any corporations, labor unions, or other organizations that lobby, support or oppose candidates or issues.
  • Project Vote smart, with the help of volunteers and interns, has compiled an extensive database that contains the most complete, relevant and unbiased information on over 40,000 candidates and officials.  This database is used by numerous organizations, including universities and libraries, and the general public.
  • VoteEasy is a new interactive tool that allows the public to quickly access information on candidates on 13 key issues.
  • Visit their website to learn how you can help support Project Vote Smart:http://www.votesmart.org/help-us-if-you-can

Handouts & Additional Information:

Purposeful Quote: “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” James Madison – principle drafter of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers