Voter’s Edge Launches with Comprehensive Information for New York and Illinois Voters

Voter’s Edge Launches with Comprehensive Information for New York and Illinois Voter
Online Guide Provides Unbiased Information That's Easy to Understand for 2016 Election 

October 17, 2016 –Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive online voter guide in English and Spanish, launched today to provide voters in New York and Illinois with unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures down to the local level. New York and Illinois voters looking for information ahead of the November 8 election can use Voter’s Edge to explore information on candidates’ experience, priorities and endorsements as well as ballot measure explanations and campaign funding for federal candidates.

To use the tool, voters simply type in their home address and Voter’s Edge returns a personalized page with all the contests that will appear on the user's ballot, supplemented with endorsements, funding sources, editorials, news articles, summary information, biographies and more. Voters can find their polling place as well as mark their choices and print their ballot to bring to the polls or share with family and friends via social media.

“Voter's Edge provides voters with information in a way that is efficient, easy to understand and accessible - even from their mobile phones," said Daniel G. Newman, Co-Founder and President of MapLight. "Amidst an overwhelming amount of information and advertising from campaigns, we are thrilled to help voters make informed decisions about their ballot and increase civic engagement in the 2016 elections."

During the primary season, Voter's Edge reached more than half a million users. In an online survey of Voter's Edge California users leading up to the state’s primary, more than 90 percent of respondents indicated that Voter’s Edge was useful to them, with nearly three fourths reporting that they would vote for more offices and leave fewer blank choices on their ballots because of information they found on Voter’s Edge.

During the 2014 midterm elections, less than one third of New York's eligible population voted, the lowest voter turnout rate in the state in more than 70 years. In Illinois, only 40 percent of the estimated eligible voters cast ballots. To vote in the general election, voters in New York must be registered by October 14 and voters in Illinois must be registered by October 11.

In New York and Illinois, Voter’s Edge is a project of MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks the influence of money in politics. In California, Voter’s Edge is a project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

Voter's Edge offers free partnerships to media outlets and community organizations interested in expanding local and state election information in their communities, including co-branded voter guides on partners' websites. For more information on partnering with Voter's Edge, contact Alec Saslow at alec@maplight.org or 720-319-4948.

About Voter's Edge
Voter’s Edge is funded by individuals and foundations who support our work to provide voters with unbiased, nonpartisan information to help them make choices that best align with their values. The national expansion of Voter's Edge is generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Kaphan Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Voter’s Edge Illinois was made possible by generous support from the Joyce Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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