PRESS RELEASE: Voter's Edge, Nonpartisan Guide to Ballot Measures, Expands to CA Counties and Cities

Voter's Edge, Nonpartisan Guide to Ballot Measures, Expands to CA Counties and Cities

Nov. 1, 2012-MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, announces the statewide expansion of Voter's Edge, a nonpartisan guide to ballot measures. MapLight has joined forces with partner organizations throughout the state to provide a reliable, nonpartisan source for information about California's state, county, and city ballot propositions. The project was made possible in part by funders including the Kaphan Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

"We're delighted to partner with MapLight to offer California voters a new and innovative nonpartisan information resource about local ballot measures and the campaign funding behind them," said Ernie Ting, Senior Director for Smart Voter, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

The purpose of MapLight Voter's Edge is to provide a reliable, nonpartisan source for ballot measure information. MapLight Voter's Edge shows each proposition's Funding Data—a top 10 list of contributors; Summary Information—what a "YES" or a "NO" vote would mean; the projected financial impact of the proposition; campaign arguments by proponents and opponents; Endorsements; News; Editorials; and Advertisements.

The following Voter's Edge websites are managed by our partner organizations: 

Voter's Edge California/Alameda County
Voter's Edge California/Berkeley
Voter's Edge California/Contra Costa County
Voter's Edge California/Culver City
Voter's Edge California/Los Angeles County
Voter's Edge California/Marin County
Voter's Edge California/Mill Valley
Voter's Edge California/Orange County
Voter's Edge California/Palo Alto
Voter's Edge California/Richmond
Voter's Edge California/San Bernardino County
Voter's Edge California/San Diego
Voter's Edge California/San Francisco
Voter's Edge California/San Jose
Voter's Edge California/Stockton

MapLight Voter's Edge California (Spanish Version) for statewide ballot measures is managed by MapLight's research team.

MapLight Voter's Edge California Widgets, showing the latest funding information for ballot measures, can be easily embedded on your website and shared via social media. The widgets can be customized to show a slideshow of propositions or a single proposition, and they include the largest contributor and total amount of contributions in support of and in opposition to a ballot proposition. Each widget links to the ballot measure page. County and city measure widgets can be found on the individual jurisdiction websites. Click on the 'Get Widget' button located on the top right of the page. If you need technical assistance, please let us know: 510-868-0894.

A link to this data release can be found here.

About MapLight:
MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics. If our work has been helpful to you, please consider supporting us.

Partners: MapLight will be expanding Voter's Edge to additional states and cities in partnership with state and local media outlets and community groups across the country. If you are interested in working with MapLight to bring Voter's Edge to your state, county, or city, please contact Jay Costa: jay@maplight.org.

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Pamela Behrsin
Communications
Office: (510) 868-0894
pamela@maplight.org