About The California Online Voter
The California Online Voter Guide is a clearinghouse
of election information and web site links produced by the California Voter Foundation
for every statewide election since 1994. Now in its seventh edition, the General
Election 2000 voter guide provides nonpartisan information on California propositions,
the Presidential election, congressional races, and state legislative contests.
This guide is a trustworthy portal through which voters can explore the rich and
growing election resources the Internet now offers. We know people are busy. And
we know people are confused about elections. It's no wonder -- there are so many
choices to make. Thanks to the Internet, making informed decisions is now possible
for California voters. There is a lot of great information online, and CVF's voter
guide will help you find it.
The initial source material for this guide is the Certified List of Candidates and
the official California Voter Information Guide, both produced by the Secretary of
State. With this information, CVF contacted every California legislative, congressional
and Presidential candidate, as well as every proposition campaign to collect updated
campaign contact information and the addresses for official campaign web sites.
Within this guide you'll find hundreds of links to official campaign web sites, phone
numbers for campaign offices, campaign contribution information that will help you
"follow the money", and resources to help you get involved in the election
process. What you won't find in the California Online Voter Guide is important, too
-- there are no banner ads, no annoying java scripts, nothing fancy or flashing --
just basic information. You don't have to register to use our guide, you don't have
to pay anything, and we're not going to set any "cookies" into your browser
and track your political interests. What we will do is guide you through most of
your ballot choices and hopefully, at the end, you'll feel confident and prepared
to vote on Election Day.
About the California Voter Foundation
The California Voter Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated
to advancing new technologies to improve democracy. We believe that we can make democracy
better by providing the public with better access to the information and tools we
all need to participate in politics and government. CVF is supported with tax-deductible
contributions, and operates on a modest budget with a small, dedicated staff and
crew of interns, and governed by a board of directors. As a 501(c)3 organization,
we are required by law to be nonpartisan, and after producing six previous Internet
voter guides, we're proud to say that the organization's independence and fairness
has yet to be called into question. We plan to keep it that way. More information
about CVF is available.
How You Can Help
You can help CVF shine a light on California politics by signing up to become
a member. It's fast, it's easy, it doesn't cost very much, and your dollars will
go far with CVF!
You can also help by giving us your feedback
and suggestions. We also encourage word-of-mouth promotion of our web site --
please tell your friends to visit www.calvoter.org!
Lastly, but most importantly, you can help those around you make informed choices,
too. Elections are a struggle for many of us, and it helps to discuss the issues
and candidates. Why not have a house party? Invite some friends over, log on to this
voter guide, have a good time with it. Elections can be fun and exciting -- if we
make them that way.
Credits and Special Thanks
This voter guide is made possible through the generous contributions of foundations
and members. CVF thanks the following foundations for their financial support of
our 2000 election projects:
CVF also wishes to thank the University of California, Davis' Department of Political
Science for providing interns and student support for CVF's projects.
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