This is Voteopolis
Voteopolis is the interactive resource for everything political. Do you want to know a politician's legislative voting record? Would you like to see the special interests groups that are providing funding for a candidate or cause? Do you have an interest in staying on top of what bills are being introduced? Voteopolis tracks it all through a growing volunteer citizenry.
Bills and Legislation
Bills and legislation are the cornerstone of the political process. At Voteopolis, we provide the opportunity for visitors to review every aspect of each pending bill as it moves through the legislative process. The Voteopolis Bill Dash Board provides detailed Bill Voting Histories, Bill Sponsors and Co-sponsors, Actions, Committees, and Committee Reports. We lift the veil on the legislative process, providing organized and in-depth details on the bills of interest to you.
View information on every politician from the local to national level. View previous voting records, educational and career experience and other biographical information. When you use Voteopolis, you no longer have to rely on campaign produced materials to get desired information on politicians of interest to you.
Voteopolis and its members work to uncover political contributors, whether individuals or organizations, who are funding a political party, politician or cause. We “follow the money”, tracking funds, their source, their destination, and their links to all involved entities.
Votepolis drills deeper than just a politician's political party affiliation. We explore memberships in clubs and organizations, corporate sponsorships, and associations with charities. We even look at associations with fellow politicians, VIPs and other people of influence.
How it Works
A Volunteer Driven Platform
Rather than needing to be voted into office, Voteopolis allows citizens to maintain a granular control over the political process. At Voteopolis, we create an environment that replicates attendance at every briefing, committee meeting and vote. You can even Vote on the Bill, suggest changes to it, or create a petition and send to all pertinent representative parties.
Our data is member-updated by verified individuals. If your favorite candidate is not included, you can add details and updates to the Politician’s Wiki to help the public better understand candidates, backgrounds and issues.
The conventional wisdom has long been that laws are like processed food: you don’t want to see how they’re made.
An unwillingness to investigate processed food, however, has exposed the public to serious health risks; failing to understand legislation may be similarly risky
The first step in passing a law is simply to introduce an idea as a bill in Congress. anyone can come up with legislative proposals, only elected members of the Senate and the House of Representatives can formally propose them. ...
After being introduced, bills undergo first readings and are then...
Voteopolis Integration with Legislative Process
The Internet has opened up endless opportunities for public engagement in politics; Voteopolis seeks to enhance that engagement.
We offer users a variety of features to help them understand and participate in politics
Citizens struggle to follow political changes. With so many bills before Congress at any give time, it is a tall order just to find out about all relevant legislative proposals, let alone to assess if they are likely to pass ...
We strive to offer objective coverage of all laws, avoiding partisanship in favor of cold, hard facts...
Federal versus States Rights
From the creation of our country’s first national bank to the modern controversy over Obamacare, disputes between state and Federal power have defined American politics. Each US state has a sophisticated, organized government that possesses broad powers, but must contend with Federal influence. No understanding of American governance is complete without detailed knowledge of the structure and power of state governments.
As wise as our Founding Fathers were, they would be the first to admit that they were not infallible. Thus when they drafted the Constitution, they left it open to amendments, creating two different mechanisms by which the American people could change it. This has allowed our governing document to expand over time, adapting to two hundred years of social, political, and economic changes. By understanding the amendment process, you can follow efforts to change the Constitution and assess their chances of succeeding.
Despite Congress's enormous influence over our lives, Americans know relatively little about how it operates. Most people have a general idea that Congress can pass laws, but know little of the specifics. In particular, committees remain a mystery to many citizens. Occupying a crucial stage between a bill's introduction and its final vote, congressional committees can investigate key issues, reconcile disagreements between the House and the Senate, and approve, reject, or modify legislation. It is thus essential to understand how they work.
Lobbyists and Legislation
Laws, like sausages, are made in complex ways, many of which the public does not fully understand. Lobbyists and special interest groups play a crucial but often obscure role in the legislative process. Traditionally located on K Street in Washington, DC, lobbyists have enormous influence at all levels of government, yet few Americans understand their power.
To vote or comment on petitions, you must apply for Citizen Member status. This involves confirming your identity through Facebook, or txt; you do not need to provide an ID. To post or edit petitions, you must attain become a WikiPolis Member, which involves giving us your telephone number and showing a valid form of identification.
In today’s highly polarized world, finding a space for reasoned debate and free expression of opinions can be difficult. Thus in addition to providing you with information, Voteopolis also serves as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Through our comment section, Citizen-level users can express their views, engage in respectful discussions, and interact with others of all opinions and backgrounds. We strive to create a nonpartisan environment, where all are free to speak but no opinions are valued more than others. As long as you treat other users with respect, all of your posts will be displayed freely for all to see.
Our comment section is only the beginning of our effort to facilitate the free exchange of ideas. In addition to letting you leave comments, we also encourage you to make your own blog posts for the site, and as with the rest of Voteopolis, the environment is open and nonpartisan. Users can blog on any issue related to politics, so long as they are respectful of all other users. We are especially welcoming of writers who want to cover political issues on the state level or in other countries, as these topics rarely come up on many forums. The more contributors we can attract of different backgrounds, interests, and knowledge bases, the more valuable Voteopolis will be to its readers. To upload a blog post, you must first attain WikiPolis status.
Work On Wikis
Publishing blogs and petitions isn’t the only privilege available to WikiPolis Members. Once you attain this status, you also have the option of creating or editing wiki entries. The wikis provide detailed information on committees, politicians, bills, and political parties, covering them in greater depth than blog posts can. If you have a knack for researching and summarizing the finer points of governance, we welcome your contribution.
Social Media Shares
Whether you have created a petition, written a blog post, or have a piece of news to share, distributing it quickly through social media is crucial to having the impact you desire. Our website thus provides direct links to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, allowing you to publicize an important piece of content as soon as you discover it. We encourage you to share our site on social media, as this helps to expand our platform to everyone with valuable information or ideas. We also optimize our pages to be quickly shared over email.
Voteopolis seeks to provide information about every jurisdiction in the world, including the most local. Users can set their own preferred jurisdiction which will display search results based on that chosen jurisdiction. It is said that all politics are local and Voteopolis connects you with the important political issues near you.
Choose the Membership Level Appropriate for You
Memberships on Voteopolis come in three different levels:
Tourist Level - Tourist level members have access to view all of the content on Voteopolis.
Citizen Level – Citizen Level members are confirmed via telephone or through Facebook. At this level, members are permitted to create petitions, submit comments and to Vote.
WikiPolis Level – WikiPolis members must apply for this volunteer position with valid proof of ID and a telephone number. WikiPolis are granted access to edit Wiki info, and upload and edit political data from the jurisdictions.
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Voteopolis cuts through political marketing, posturing and rhetoric to provide readers with a wealth of fact-based political data. We dig deeper than soundbites, catchphrases and clever memes to deliver valuable information in a range of political spectrums.
Voteopolis cuts through political marketing, posturing and rhetoric to provide readers with a wealth of fact-based political data. We dig deeper than soundbites, catchphrases and clever memes to deliver valuable information in a range of political spectrums.Learn more
Interactive and Involved
Voteopolis encourages members to take part in the political process by providing the tools and information to provide for a more informed electorate.Learn more
Comments and Voting
All Citizen Level or higher members can comment and vote on entities and even other comments. We encourage civil discourse and participation from members to continue to make Voteopolis a vibrant, politically-focus platform.
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Based on membership level, registrants can subscribe to changes in entities, edit political data, create and join petitions, write and edit blogs, offer comments on entities, vote on entities and user comments and make Wiki edits. Be as involved as you like!More info
Petitions are created by Voteopolis members of a Citizen Level or higher. While all members can vote and comment on a petition, only WikiPolis Level members can edit the petition.
Check out the latest petitions on Voteopolis.