VoteAmerica2010.org Launched in 50 States

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Local Election Guide Combats Influence of Money in Politics

Reliable, organized election information is the antidote to the money-fueled negative ad campaigns that characterize too much of American politics

VoteAmerica2010.org went live today across 50 states, providing voters with unbiased election information, from candidate bios, positions and voting records, to a poll locator feature to find out where to vote. Campaign donors and candidate ratings by interest groups are also featured, as are explanations of state ballot initiatives.

Created by AmericanTowns.com, which provides community-focused websites for 15,000 towns across America, VoteAmerica2010 brings together local election information from independent public sources like the League of Women Voters; Vote411.org and the Vote Smart project, as well as regional bloggers, local opinion, the web and the candidates themselves.

“Reliable, organized election information is the antidote to the money-fueled negative ad campaigns that characterize too much of American politics,” said AmericanTowns chairman Ted Buerger. “If voters can find out what the candidates really stand for and what they have done in their professional/political lives, they can make better-informed decisions while ignoring the distortions of paid political advertising.”

In addition to providing information on the major candidates, the site invites voters to “help your neighbors of all parties understand the election by sharing your views of the candidates and the issues”. A civil tone is encouraged, but a wide range of political views are welcomed.

The VoteAmerica2010.org site provides similar information for other states, covering all races for US Senate, House of Representatives, Governor and state wide offices, state house races (e.g. assembly and state senate) and ballot initiatives. “VoteAmerica is AmericanTowns’ latest initiative to help people find and share the local information most important to them and their families,” explained Jim Maglione, AmericanTowns’ Co-President - Community. “And what is more important than our right to vote, and our civic duty to be an informed voter?”

About AmericanTowns
AmericanTowns Network is a national platform empowering residents of over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods to find and share the local information most important to them, their families and their community. AmericanTowns brings unprecedented expertise and technology to collecting, developing, and organizing the most relevant information for each town or city, and shares this information freely with other community media. Calling on over 150,000 original sources, AmericanTowns connects each community, featuring continuously updated events, community group listings, local news/blogs/tweets, photos/videos and business services. Local organizations use AmericanTowns powerful scheduling and communication tools to share millions of events and notices to reach over 3 million individuals per month, through the Company’s web sites (AmericanTowns.com), mobile presence and social networks. AmericanTowns Network is headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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