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About Voter’s Edge California

Welcome to Voter’s Edge California

Voter’s Edge California (VEC) is a joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF).* Voter’s Edge California is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.

With Voter’s Edge California, voters can:

  • Access their full, personalized ballot by entering their address.
  • Get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them.
  • View candidate biographies, top priorities, answers to questions, photos, policy videos, endorsements, and detailed information about who funds their campaigns.
  • Browse unbiased explanations of ballot measures; find out who supports, opposes, and funds them.
  • Check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations.
  • Keep track of their choices to make voting easier.
  • Share information about the election with friends and family.

*The LWVCEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization and never advocates. The League of Women Voters of California does operate a separate nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on issues and sometimes makes recommendations on ballot measures.

History of Voter’s Edge California

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund produced one of the nation’s first election information websites, SmartVoter.org. Since 1996, the Smart Voter project has been California’s premier online source for authoritative, nonpartisan coverage of election contests, candidates, and ballot measures.

MapLight’s Voter’s Edge tool was first designed to help voters understand the sources of funding behind ballot measures in California. In recent years, the project has expanded to cover candidates and elections in states beyond California.

In 2014, the League and MapLight joined forces to create a successful pilot project. The result is Voter’s Edge California.

The Partnership

MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund’s continued collaboration into the 2016 election cycle empowers voters to access the information they need to vote with confidence. Our partnership marries Smart Voter’s authoritative coverage of election contests, candidates, and ballot measures with MapLight's deep expertise in public data and technology. The result is Voter’s Edge California, which provides top-to-bottom ballot and campaign finance information in one easy-to-use site, giving voters instant access to political information of unparalleled depth and transparency.

About MapLight

MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

We provide journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system.

Visit us to learn more about MapLight and our work.

About the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund conducts voter service and civic education activities. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonpartisan nonprofit educational organization, which:

  • Builds participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

Get more information about us.

Find your local League of Women Voters.

Visit Smart Voter’s archives for information and results from past elections.


Advisory Boards

Voter’s Edge has an advisory board for each state it covers, as well as a Spanish language advisory board. Voter’s Edge advisory board members are dedicated leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement, nonpartisan voter information, and good government. They represent a variety of political affiliations and hold expertise in different areas, but all are invested in addressing the challenges faced by voters in their state. At the national level, Voter’s Edge is guided by input from MapLight’s board and advisory board.

Voter’s Edge California Advisory Board

Members of the Voter’s Edge California advisory board advise MapLight on various aspects of Voter’s Edge, including editorial policy, potential partnerships, and effective distribution strategies. Members include:

Spanish Language Advisory Board

Members of the Voter’s Edge Spanish Language advisory board advise MapLight on various aspects of translating and presenting Voter’s Edge in Spanish, as well as distribution strategies to Spanish-language users. Members include:


Funders

Voter’s Edge California is funded by individuals and foundations who support our work providing voters with a one-stop source of unbiased, nonpartisan information to help them make choices that best align with their particular values and interests.

We are deeply grateful to the following foundations and individuals whose contributions make Voter’s Edge California possible:

  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • The Kaphan Foundation
  • Santa Clara County: Registrar of Voters
  • San Mateo County: Office of Assessor-Clerk-Recorder
  • Marin County: Registrar of Voters
  • The Honorable Becky Morgan
  • Orlin and Onnolee Trapp
  • John Matthews
  • Bonnie and Earl Hamlin
  • Katherine Armstrong
  • Mark Leonard
  • League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara
  • Suzanne Stassevitch
  • League of Women Voters of Alameda
  • League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View Area
  • League of Women Voters of Marin County
  • League of Women Voters of North County San Diego
  • League of Women Voters of Oakland
  • League of Women Voters of Palo Alto
  • League of Women Voters of Sacramento County
  • League of Women Voters of San Diego
  • League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara
  • League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
  • League of Women Voters of Sonoma County
  • League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County
  • League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley
  • All of our grassroots supporters, with a special shout-out to these Kickstarter backers:
    • Maryann Moise Derwin
    • Xia Horowitz
    • Dede Smullen
    • Karen Vanderwerken

Join these and other donors by supporting Voter’s Edge California today!

Meet the Voter’s Edge California Team

A diverse group of talents and personalities, from both the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVCEF) and MapLight, combine to make Voter’s Edge California possible - let’s meet the team!

From the LWVCEF: From MapLight:
Deputy Director: Dora Rose Program Manager: Allie Jaarsma
Membership & Technology Manager: Sharon Stone Technical Director: Leon Smith
Senior Advisor: Roberta Hollimon Product Manager: Skippy Williams
Senior Advisor: Carol Watts Data Director: Laura Curlin
Senior Programmer: Carl Hage Researcher: Chad Outler
Liaisons: Bonnie Hamlin, Julie Ann Sih, and Jane Wanderer Researcher: Amari Cowan
Board Liaison: Kathy Armstrong MapLight President & Co-Founder: Daniel Newman
President: Helen Hutchison
Executive Director: Melissa Breach Learn more about the Voter’s Edge team and the rest of the MapLight crew!

County Coordinators: County Coordinators and other volunteers are vital to the success of Voter’s Edge California. These volunteers work tirelessly to ensure Voter’s Edge California offers an abundance of accurate, high-quality information to voters.

  • Alameda County Coordinator: Bonnie Hamlin

  • Butte County Coordinator: Jane Wanderer

  • Calaveras County Coordinator: Brenda McHenry

  • Contra Costa County Coordinator: Marian Shostrom

  • El Dorado County Coordinator: Elaine Lyman

  • Fresno County Coordinator: Jacquie Canfield

  • Humboldt County: Currently Vacant

  • Imperial County Coordinator: Julie Ann Sih

  • Kern County: Currently Vacant

  • Los Angeles County Coordinator: Sharon Stone

  • Marin County Coordinator: Veda Flores

  • Mariposa County Coordinator: Erin Stacy

  • Mendocino County Coordinator: Pat Dunbar

  • Merced County Coordinator: Amelia Johnson

  • Monterey County Coordinator: Robin Tokmakian

  • Napa County Coordinator: Kim Farmer

  • Nevada County Coordinator: Andrew Muse-Fisher

  • Orange County Coordinator: Petti Van Rekom

  • Placer County Coordinator: Barbara Smith

  • Riverside County Coordinator: Currently Vacant

  • Sacramento County Coordinator: Claudia Bonsignore

  • San Bernardino County Coordinator: Jill Vassilakos

  • San Diego County Coordinator: Julie Ann Sih

  • San Francisco County Coordinator: Trinh Phan

  • San Joaquin County Coordinator: Bea Lingenfelter

  • San Luis Obispo County Coordinator: Ann Havlik

  • San Mateo County Coordinator: Kathee Tyson

  • Santa Barbara County Coordinator: Bonnie Lassen

  • Santa Clara County Coordinators: Roberta Holliman

  • Santa Cruz County Coordinator: Cecilie Schulze

  • Shasta County Coordinator: Emily Davis

  • Solano County Coordinator: Gayle Vaughan

  • Sonoma County Coordinator: Marie Wardell

  • Stanislaus County Coordinator: Mary Giventer

  • Tulare County Coordinator: Dale Simmons

  • Ventura County Coordinator: Sage Intner

Translations

Spanish-language translations are available for site navigation, state ballot measures, the voting information guide, and some of the information provided by candidates in statewide and federal contests.

Translations for site navigation and candidate-supplied information was provided by AvantPage, under contract with Voter’s Edge, to ensure accessibility of content to Spanish-language audiences. Any inaccuracies or requests can be directed to tech@votersedge.org. Translations for state ballot measures are copied from the California Secretary of State.

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