guides.vote provides partner organizations non-partisan, expertly researched candidate guides, free of cost as a way of helping potential voters learn enough about where candidates stand to go to the polls with confidence. Our team of researchers, writers, and editors comb through candidate statements, voting records, websites, endorsements, and other credible sources to provide concise and credible comparisons of candidate positions on multiple important issues.
We encourage partners to promote and distribute the resulting nonpartisan guides, whether electronically or in printed form (we’re hoping to offer mini-grants to help with the latter). Partners can also take our questions and answers and co-brand them in their own preferred format – see requirements below. We do the heavy lifting, allowing our partners to provide trusted guides to their networks.
“Miami Dade College’s 160,000 students represent their communities. Most both work and go to school, are the first in their families to go to college, and face major socioeconomic challenges. These non-partisan guides break down candidate stands in ways that are credible and easy to understand. They’re an invaluable and essential part of helping our students understand issues and candidates, giving them the confidence to become informed voters.“— Josh Young, Director MDC Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy
Based on the extensive experience of campus and community partners, we’ve developed guides to how you can most effectively distribute or promote our guides to your constituencies:
In addition to your distributing the guides directly or linking to them on our website, we’re happy for you to co-brand them with the logo and styles of your community organization or company, so long as you include the guides.vote logo, give us credit as the source, and let us know. The more parallel ways you distribute the guides, the more they’ll become a key part of people’s decisions whether to vote and who to vote for. You may shorten a guide if you want to focus on core issues, but please keep the original questions and answers for the topics you choose to use.
We’ll also be supplying plug-and-play social media images created by Taskforce.us, whose images have 50 billion views.
The guides.vote team began producing non-partisan guides in 2012 for Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), helping young Americas make informed decisions at the polls. A broad array of civic organizations then began distributing the guides as well, from American Democracy Project and Black Voters Matter to Do Something, Nonprofit Vote, Vote.org, Youth Service America, and When We All Vote. Groups distributing or promoting guides.vote guides, in addition to over 400 college campuses: