Help! How do I make an intelligent decision about who to vote for?

Where can I find impartial information on current issues?

In these days of  mudslinging ads and articles, finding impartial information about issues and candidates can seem like a search for a needle in a haystack.  The following sites strive  to provide balanced  nonpartisan information to help make those election decisions. Look for Part Two of this blog post later this month!

Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations.

That’s Project Vote Smart in a nutshell. The organization provides information on every current or prospective elected official and does what it can to inform the public about the respective person’s entire history. Its research is exhaustive and its accuracy is never put into question. Project Vote Smart seems to be one of the best nonpartisan sites on the Web.

FactCheck is a self-proclaimed nonpartisan site that tries to hold politicians accountable by providing a wealth of research.

Instead of espousing one side’s beliefs, tackles a politician’s record or major issue and sets the record straight. It performs in-depth research to find out if both sides are being truthful in their statements on a subject and allows the reader to formulate their own opinions from the collected facts. It’s a great source for those who want to cut through all the emotional verbal volleys.  Check out the section called “Whoopers of 2012”.

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on  their “Truth-O-Meter”.

More than 500 of Barack Obama’s campaign promises are tracked and progress is rated on an item called the “Obameter”. They keep a track of Obama’s campaign promises and whether he has delivered on them.

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