FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Simply go to our homepage, enter the address where you are registered to vote, and click "My Ballot."

Because election district lines do not follow geographical boundaries, we need to have your entire address in order to show you the exact races on your ballot. If you do not feel comfortable entering your full address, you may enter just your zip code; however, you may see some races in which you are not eligible to vote.  The other option is to view all races in your state by clicking on the map on the homepage and selecting an election. Only by entering the combination of your street address and your zip code can voting databases determine your district.

In 2022, iVoterGuide is covering candidates in federal races in all 50 states; federal and statewide races in 35 states; federal, statewide, and state legislative races in 33 states; statewide Supreme Court candidates at least 26 states; and select school board races.

Click here to see our coverage map.

Most candidates are given a rating that ranges from verified conservative to verified liberal based upon the confidence we have that the candidate will vote conservatively or liberally.

Judicial candidates are rated from “Proven Originalist” to “Proven Activist.”

For detailed information on all aspects of our evaluation as well as on the process of evaluating candidates, please see our Candidate Evaluation page.

iVoterGuide launched a new project of covering select school board races in May 2021, and we are carefully identifying key districts to cover in 2022.  iVoterGuide currently plans to research federal candidates across the nation, statewide candidates in 35 states, statewide Supreme Court races in at least 26 states, and down to state legislative races in 33 states. We would love to cover more races and more states and will absolutely do so as the funds become available. In the meantime, please pass on information about the races we are covering—over 12,000 candidates in 2022—and pray with us for more resources so we can reach further down the ballot.  Ballot propositions are on our roadmap for coverage beginning in 2023.

Our goal is to make all voter guides available to you before early voting begins. The easiest way to know when your state’s voter guide is published is to sign up to receive email reminders. Just fill out this form, and we will keep you posted of upcoming elections and iVoterGuide releases.

We go directly to the source for material.

For financial data and donation records, we download tens of thousands of records from the Federal Election Commission and the state level departments responsible for the data in every single state we cover. We have approximately 102 million donation records in our database!

Voting records are taken directly from the scorecards of approximately 475 organizations, and our researchers spend hundreds of hours gathering endorsements from over 3,000 organizations all across the nation, as well as entering endorsements listed on each candidate’s website and social media accounts.

When iVoterGuide evaluates judicial candidates, we also analyze the candidates’ previous court rulings, paying special attention to controversial cases decided by the candidates in appellate courts.

Finally, we contact every candidate multiple times, not only asking them to complete our candidate questionnaire, but also giving each candidate time to personally review all of their information prior to its release.

For more information on how candidates are evaluated, see our Candidate Evaluation page.

iVoterGuide looks at much more information than just the questionnaire.  We research contributions to and from candidates, endorsements, voting records, and thoroughly investigate candidates’ website and social media accounts. If we are unable to find enough information to evaluate candidates with confidence, they receive an “Insufficient Information” rating.

We research contributions to and from candidates, consider endorsements, voting records, judicial rulings (where applicable), and thoroughly investigate candidates’ websites and social media accounts to be able to evaluate the candidates. We look at what they’ve done, not just what they’ve said—we think that’s so important.

We’ve dedicated an entire page to explaining how candidate evaluations are reached.  If you would like to learn more, please visit our Candidate Evaluation page.

“Conditional” means that the candidate does not yet have any scorecards or a public record to back up what looks to be conservative or liberal credentials.  iVoterGuide places more weight on what a candidate has DONE than on what they SAY.   New candidates often receive a “conditional” rating.  This doesn’t mean they aren’t conservative or liberal—it just means they haven’t yet been tested enough to know whether they are going to practice what they preach.

If you’d like to read more about our candidate evaluation process, we’ve dedicated an entire page to dedicated to those questions.  Just visit our Candidate Evaluation page.

A candidate with an “unclassifiable” rating is one who professes some conservative or liberal views but has posted or published material unacceptable to both liberals and conservatives.

A scorecard is a rating or grade assigned to an elected official by conservative and liberal organizations based on the elected official’s voting record. We consider this type of data to be very important when evaluating candidates, because it is evidence of a candidate’s commitment to their values and to their campaign promises. We take data directly from over 475 national and statewide organizations—both liberal and conservative—to give you a comprehensive look at each candidate. The scores are shown as percentages on liberal and conservative spectrums. Thus, a candidate who scores high with conservative organizations will most often have a low percentage with liberal organizations and vice versa.

Panelists are trusted, vetted, and trained volunteers who review the information collected by researchers and assign a rating to each candidate. Panel review is the final step iVoterGuide takes to ensure that the information we provide is grounded in documented data and reflected in the candidate’s answers to the questionnaire. You can read more about the importance of the panelists or apply here.

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The easiest way to stay up to date on elections is to receive email notifications from iVoterGuide. Just fill out this form, and we will keep you posted about upcoming elections and iVoterGuide releases.

Many voter guides simply show you endorsements of specific candidates or candidates’ positions on specific issues instead of giving you the facts on all the issues and letting you decide. iVoterGuide doesn’t tell you who to vote for; instead, we give YOU the information so you can decide for yourself and educate others.

Additionally, iVoterGuide goes directly to source materials, researching each candidate based on what they’ve done and not just what they say they’ll do. We make all the research available to you online so you don’t just have to take our word for it. We believe the information is crucial to helping equip you not only to vote but also to confidently engage others and share information.

The depth of research provided by iVoterGuide is unprecedented. We’ve searched through over 102 million donation records, track more than 3,000 endorsing organizations, and aggregate scorecard data from over 475 organizations for thousands of candidates across the nation.

iVoterGuide is online and customized and can show you only the races on your ballot. We save you time and energy by having the information right at your fingertips whenever and wherever you need it.

iVoterGuide is proven. By just educating voters, iVoterGuide has helped deliver the winning margin for candidates up and down the ballot and from Washington to Florida.

Finally, iVoterGuide is built on biblical foundations—not just on political issues, but also in the coalition model through which we partner with over 60 amazing organizations. We believe that we fulfill a particular purpose in the body of Christ, and that by working with other individuals and organizations—instead of competing with them—we are doing what God has called us to do.

At this time, iVoterGuide does not take into account the viability of a candidate—in other words, their ability to raise funds, organize, or otherwise run a successful campaign.

iVoterGuide does not do legal background checks, nor do we vet or recruit candidates for public office. Our goal is simply to evaluate political or judicial philosophy.

Because of limited resources, iVoterGuide does not presently evaluate all statewide, state legislative, or local races. In 2022, we are evaluating over 12,000 candidates. To get up-to-date numbers, take a look at Our Research page.

We’re so glad you’ve decided to learn more about us.