On The Issues

On The Issues

On The Issues or OnTheIssues is a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing information to voters about candidates, primarily via their web site.[1] This organization was started in 1996, went non-profit in 2000, and is currently run primarily by volunteers.[2]

The president and CEO of On the Issues is Dr. Naomi Lichtenberg.[3] The editor-in-chief and content manager is Jesse Gordon. The organization is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]

The organization's stated mission is to help voters pick candidates "based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity."[3] Their slogan is: "Every political leader on every issue." They obtain their information from newspapers, speeches, press releases, book excerpts, House and Senate voting records, Congressional bill sponsorships, political affiliations and ratings, and campaign websites from the Internet.[3]

OnTheIssues has a reputation for helping voters to make educated decisions.[4] Among other things, they offer an online quiz "that aims to bring together the politically compatible – a wonk's version of an online dating service."[5] The "VoteMatch Quiz" has you answer 20 questions, and then matches your answers against candidates for President and for Congress. The quiz also assigns your "political philosophy" by analyzing your answers on social issues versus economic issues.

See also


  1. ^ OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  2. ^ "Political non-profit organizer" (YouTube interview with Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org). Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  3. ^ a b c d "About", On The Issues. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  4. ^ Elder, Jeff and Paynter, Marion. "How to surf the political wave", Knight-Ridder via Charlotte Observer (2004-09-16): "There are excellent nonpartisan sites that can help you reach an educated decision on issues and races. You might start with www.OnTheIssues.org...." Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  5. ^ Calvan, Bobby. "Political matches made in cyberspace: Online 'dating games' aim to help voters find compatible candidates", Sacramento Bee (January 24, 2008). Retrieved May 18, 2008.

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