The voting records of elected officials can be revealing. Here are some sites that specialize in presenting the official records in varying ways:
Library Of Congress THOMAS Archive — Voting Records and more, from the official records at the Library Of Congress.
Open Congress — This site has a unique feature called the Comparison Tool. It enables the user to select any two elected officials (Senator versus Senator, Representative versus Representative), Rep. Walter Jones versus Rep. Howard Coble for example, and make a direct comparison between their voting records. The results are depicted as Venn graphs, but the detail follows and is extensive. I regard this as a very useful site.
Project Vote Smart — Enter your zip and get quick access to all relevant elected officials, from County Commissioners to the President of the United States.
Project Vote Smart also hosts the National Rifle Association (NRA) Political Victory Fund ratings for elected officials at the national and state levels, HERE. The North Carolina section usually begins at about Page 14.
Heritage Action Scorecard — From a map, click on any State to see the voting record for every incumbent on votes scored as being Key Votes by Heritage Action. Click on the name of the incumbent to delve deeper into the facts behind the score.
The American Conservative Union (ACU) — The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help separate those members of the U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as conservatives and those who are truly liberal. Since 1971, the Congressional ratings have become the gold standard in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record by scoring some of the most important issues facing our nation. ACU is dedicated to supporting the efforts of courageous conservative leaders fighting for limited government, promoting prosperity and individual freedom, and defending traditional values.
Club For Growth — The Club For Growth ratings stem from a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker’s record on pro-growth policies and compute an Economic Growth Score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies.
The Madison Project’s Conservative Voting Records — At this site, in a manner similar to the Heritage Action Scorecard site, the user can click on any state in a U.S. map to see the voting record scores of certain Congressmen. However, the site confines it’s ratings to Republicans only. According to their “About Us” page, the site is “committed to … exposing Republicans whose liberal voting actions speak louder than their words. Our goal is to give voice to the millions of Americans who demand that their elected representatives govern by conservative values … and to aggressively primary out those that shamelessly pander to them during elections”, or in other words, exposing RINO’s. In addition to presenting Madison Performance Index (MPI) scores outright, the site also maintains a “Hall of Fame” and a “Hall of Shame”. This site is relatively new, and was founded by several conservative writers and commentators. For more on the Project itself, click HERE.
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