People often don’t vote because they don’t know where candidates stand and are confused about how to find out. Widespread political cynicism, disinformation, and spin don’t help. But nonpartisan candidate guides provide a concise and credible way to compare candidates’ stands and make clear why voting matters.
Beginning in 2012, our team of veteran journalists has been producing these guides, first to help college students vote at 600 campuses, through Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), where they were the schools’ favorite resource. And then for a broad array of civic organizations, from American Democracy Project and Black Voters Matter to Do Something, Nonprofit Vote, Vote.org and When We All Vote.
Now an independent project hosted by longtime partner Youth Service America, guides.vote will produce 2022 guides for all the most contested US Senate and gubernatorial races, along with important Secretary of State and State Supreme Court races. We’ll also produce a guide to Congressional races, and translate many into Spanish.