About MapLight Voter's Edge
MapLight Voter's Edge is the quick and easy way to decide how to vote on California ballot measures. It brings together all the information you need to be an informed voter. MapLight Voter's Edge is neutral and nonpartisan.
- Nonpartisan: MapLight Voter's Edge presents an unbiased summary of information about the content of each ballot measure, along with the funding, endorsements, and advertisements for and against the ballot measure.
- Nonprofit: MapLight Voter's Edge is a project of MapLight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by individuals and foundations who favor greater transparency in government. This project was made possible by generous support from the James Irvine Foundation as well as the Kaphan Foundation.
What makes MapLight Voter's Edge better than the state’s printed voter guide?
- More relevant information: Voters frequently need more background information about a ballot measure than what is provided by the official campaign arguments. They will often turn to news articles, editorials, and advertisements to provide this additional information. MapLight Voter's Edge includes all these items, allowing voters to get the information that they need with just a few clicks of the mouse.
- Up-to-date funding information: Ballot measures often receive significant funding right up until election day. MapLight Voter's Edge updates funding information–including the top funders for each ballot measure–regularly until the election, showing you exactly who is seeking to influence your vote.
MapLight Voter's Edge is a project of MapLight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that combines timely, in-depth information about lawmakers, votes, campaign contributions, and more, giving citizens and journalists the tools they need to hold government accountable.
MapLight Voter's Edge California Advisory Board
Kim Alexander, chair, is president and founder of the California Voter Foundation (CVF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the voting process so that it better serves the needs and interests of voters. Through her work with CVF, Alexander has engaged in a variety of issues where democracy and technology intersect, working to ensure that democracy is enhanced, rather than harmed through technological changes. Kim was named one of the “25 People Changing the World of the Internet and Politics” by Harvard University and the American Association of Political Consultants in 2001, and in 2004 she received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award.
Susan Stuart Clark is the director of the Common Knowledge group, a nonpartisan organization committed to expanding community participation and civic imagination to generate more innovative solutions to our most pressing social problems. Susan founded the successful Easy Voter Guide project with a model that doubled voter turnout among marginalized audiences (the project is now managed by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund). Susan is a recognized expert in accessible, culturally competent communications and engagement programs and presents frequently on increasing participation of lesser heard voices. Susan previously served as an Associate of the Kettering Foundation, as director of the annual Public Policy Institute at UC Davis, and on the national board of Kids Voting.
Jon Fleischman is the founder and publisher of FlashReport.org, whose mission is to advance the conservative cause in California, and the President of the Fleischman Consulting Group, which specializes in governmental, public, and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels. From 2001 to 2006, Jon worked as Deputy Director for Public Affairs for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Jon also has a long career in Republican politics. He was elected in February of 2007 to the position of Vice Chairman, South, of the California Republican Party. In this post, he serves on the party's Board of Directors and is a liaison between the CRP and the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial.
Jill LaVine is the Registrar of Voters for Sacramento County. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the Division of Voter Registration and Elections. Jill has worked in elections for over 22 years and as the Registrar for almost six years. Jill also serves as the co-chair of the Legislation Committee for the state wide organization, California Association of Clerks and Election Officials (CACEO), and at the national level as a member of the Election Center, an organization for Election Officials. Jill is also a member of the Postmaster General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee and represents California as a member of the Election System and Software National Advisory Board.
Michelle Romero earned a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in 2010. While attending UCSC, Michelle served as Legislative Director for her campus and was a member of the UC Student Association board of directors, helping to plan and implement both state and national legislative campaigns on behalf of students. In 2010, she joined The Greenlining Institute and successfully led the organization’s statewide civic engagement campaign to engage communities of color in California’s first-ever citizen-driven redistricting process. Today, Michelle is Director of the Claiming Our Democracy program, overseeing voting rights, elections policy, and ballot initiative reform efforts. She has five years of experience in legislative advocacy and organizing and is knowledgeable and has expertise in campaign planning, issues management, civic engagement, and coalition-building strategies.
Emily Rusch is the State Director of CALPIRG, overseeing CALPIRG's programs to protect consumers, make health care more affordable and accessible, reduce wasteful tax subsidies for special interests, invest in better public transportation, and more. In 2010 she helped run a statewide field campaign on 40 college campuses to ensure that younger voters turned out to help defeat Prop. 23, a ballot measure funded by the oil industry. In 2008 she ran CALPIRG’s successful statewide field campaign to pass Prop. 1A and invest in a high-speed rail in California. Prior to joining CALPIRG's staff, Emily worked for four years as New Jersey PIRG’s Energy Advocate. Emily has worked with U.S.PIRG, the federation of state PIRGs, since 2001.
Phillip Ung is the Director of Public Affairs at California Forward. Prior to joining California Forward, Phillip was the policy advocate for California Common Cause, where he developed and implemented their policy advocacy agenda around state issues. Phillip developed and led successful legislative advocacy campaigns to pass legislation related to voting rights, money in politics, and ethics in government and shined the light on California's largest money laundering scheme. Before joining Common Cause, Phillip worked as a policy advocate at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. He has degrees in government and history from CSU Sacramento.