Republicans Best Positioned for 2010 Elections Says New Direct-From-Constituent Data Unbiased Service Tracks State-By-State Political Pulse Through Facebook, iPhone, BlackBerry and More; Shows Senate Republicans Side Most With Home States on Top Issues
By: PR Newswire | 11 Feb 2010 | 09:00 AM ET
CHICAGO, Feb 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Visible Vote, named a 2009 Top 10 New Product by the Chicago Innovation Awards, released its first Visible Pulse update today. The update, powered with data from more than 60,000 users in 50 states collected over the past six months, suggests Republicans in the U.S.
Senate vote along with their home state constituents on legislation more often than Democrats. The data also shed light on key U.S. Senate races in 2010, showing seats currently held by Sens. George LeMieux, Jim DeMint and Jim Bunning have best represented constituent views on legislative issues, while those held by Sens. Evan Bayh, Michael Bennet and Arlen Specter have often been out of synch with home-state voters.
"We set out to create a direct, unbiased communication pipeline between people and their legislators," said Paul Everton, CEO of Visible Vote. "We're seeing people use Visible Vote to advise Congress daily, and the data right now show some Democrats straying from their constituents on important issues."
Senators voting most often with their Visible Vote constituents are:
1. George LeMieux, R-Fla.
2. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
3. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
4. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
5. Jim Bunning, R-Ky.
6. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
7. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
8. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
9. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
10. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.
Senators voting least often with their Visible Vote constituents are:
1. Al Franken, D-Minn.
2. Jim Webb, D-Va.
3. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
4. Mark Warner, D-Va.
5. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
6. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
7. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
8. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.
9. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
10. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio (tie)
10. Robert Casey, D-Pa. (tie)
Launched in April 2009, Visible Vote is a simple way for those with a PC, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phone or Facebook account to vote on any legislation being considered by Congress while comparing their views to those of their elected officials and friends. Issues that have most inspired Visible Vote users to cast votes include: economic stimulus, stem cell research, unemployment benefits, and funding to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria abroad.
Since its introduction, Visible Vote has gathered praise for its simplicity and its impact in Washington D.C. The technology news outlet CNET said, "I'm delighted by Visible Vote: it helps me clue into what's happening and even add my voice to the discussion." PC World urged, "Hold them accountable like never before. Visible Vote hands the power back to you." NY Daily News reported, "It's free, it's easy...so no excuses." People can begin making their voices heard for free through Visible Vote or view its real-time data by visiting http://www.visiblevote.us. Visible Vote features include the ability to uncover the names of your legislators, vote with your legislators on any bill you choose, send your legislators a fax at the push of a button and view state-by-state data on legislator performance.
Visible Vote Visible Vote is a new, non-partisan approach to creating greater transparency for our representative form of government.
Visible Vote Data This information is based on over 905,000 votes from users using iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, Windows or Facebook. Reported results include only districts or states that had at least 11,000 votes from Visible Vote users.