FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Simply go to our home page, 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 home page and selecting an election. Only by entering the combination of your street address and your zip code can voting data bases determine your district.

iVoterGuide covers and evaluates federal races in all 50 states, statewide Supreme Court races in 24 states, statewide races in an additional 4 states, and state legislative races in 21 states.

Additionally, even in races where iVoterGuide does not have the resources to conduct in-depth research and do candidate evaluations, we now provide publicly-available information on candidates all the way to the local level.

Most candidates are given a score on a five-point scale ranging from very conservative to very liberal based upon the confidence we have that the candidate will vote conservatively.

Judicial candidates are scored on a scale from “Proven Originalist” to “Proven Activist.”

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

iVoterGuide only has the resources to research the federal candidates across the nation, statewide Supreme Court races in 24 states, statewide candidates in 4 states, and down to state legislative races in 21 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 8,000 candidates in about 3,500 races in 2020 – and pray with us for more resources so we can reach further down the ballot.

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 about 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 72 million donation records in our database!

Voting records are taken directly from the scorecards of approximately 300 organizations, and our researchers spend hundreds of hours gathering endorsements from over three thousand organizations all across the nation, as well as entering endorsements listed on each candidate’s website.

For judicial candidates, we also consider the candidates previous rulings, awards, memberships in professional societies, and – when applicable – take into consideration the political philosophy of the state or federal executive who appointed them.

Finally, we contact every candidate multiple times, not only asking them to complete our candidate survey but also giving each candidate time to personally review all 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 survey. We research contributions to and from candidates, endorsements, voting records, and thoroughly investigate candidates’ websites and social media accounts. If we are not able to find enough information to evaluate a candidate with confidence, they do receive an “Insufficient Information” rating.

We research contributions to and from candidates, look into and publish 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 Evaluations page.

“Conditional” means that the candidate does not yet have any scorecards or public records to back up what looks to be conservative credentials.  iVoterGuide puts more weight on what a candidate has DONE than on what they SAY. New candidates often receive a “conditional.”  It doesn’t mean they aren’t conservative – or even very conservative – 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 Evaluations page.

A candidate with an “unclassifiable” rating is one who professes some conservative or liberal views but has published material unacceptable to either liberals or 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 300 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 volunteers who review the information collected by researchers and assign an evaluation to each candidate. Panel review is the final step iVoterGuide takes to make sure the information we provide is grounded in documented data and reflected in the candidate’s answers to survey questions. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, you can learn more and 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 candidate’s 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 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 not just to vote but to confidently engage others and share information.

The depth of research provided by iVoterGuide is unprecedented. We’ve searched through over 67 million donation records and tracked more than 3,000 endorsing organizations and aggregate scorecard data from over 300 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 50 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 or state legislative races or any local races; however, we do provide publicly-available information on candidates all the way down the ballot.  In 2020, we are evaluating approximately 3,500 contested races and over 8,000 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.