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Vol. 16 No. 2 — February 2008
THE 51st STATE: THE STATE OF ONLINE
Tech Tools for the American Voter and the 2008 Congressional Elections
The Tutorial
by Laura Gordon-Murnane, Information Consultant

Chapter III: Voting
<- Chapter II: Biographical Information HOME Chapter IV: Campaign Finance ->

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Select "Voting Records" for your state
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How did my Representative or Senators vote on the issues? Project VoteSmart.org provides detailed voting information on every Congressperson and Senator. Go to Project VoteSmart.org and select from the left column – “Voting Records” – then select the state. Once you have selected your state, choose “Congress.”

www.votesmart.org/official_five_categories.php?state_id=NM&go.x=7&go.y=11


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Select Senator or Representative
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Once you have chosen your state, select Congress, and then the Senator or Representative of interest.

www.votesmart.org/official_congress_state.php?state_id=NM


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View voting record
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Project VoteSmart presents the voting record of your congressman on key votes with votes arranged by topic.

www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=22687

 


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www.govtrack.us
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Govtrack.us allows you to see the most recent votes taken.

www.govtrack.us

 


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Most recent votes
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Click on the “Votes” tab located in the red menu bar at the top of the page. You will see a list of the most recent votes taken to date.

www.govtrack.us/congress/votes.xpd

 

 


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See votes on a bill of interest
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Click on a bill of interest and you will find out if the bill passed/failed, the total and party breakdown, and how individual members voted on the bill. You can also click on the member’s name and go to the member’s page.

www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2007-1118

 

 


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John Doolittle's voting record
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Representative John Doolittle voted nay on the Bill HR 3915. GovTrack.us provides additional information about John Doolittle’s voting record.

www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400113

 


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Washington Post voting information
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The Washington Post US Congress Votes Database also provides useful voting information.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/?nid=roll_housesenvote

 


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House "Missers"
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You can see which members of Congress have missed voting the most by clicking on the link “Missers” for the House ...

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/house/vote-missers/

 


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Senate"Missers"
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... and Missers for the Senate.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/vote-missers/

 


<- Chapter II: Biographical Information HOME Chapter IV: Campaign Finance ->


Laura Gordon-Murnane, an information consultant (Knowledge Net Unlimited), has an M.L.S. and works in Washington, D.C. She writes frequently on government information for Searcher. Her e-mail address is lgmurnane@yahoo.com.
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