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Weekly Wrap-Up: October 22nd - 26th!

Wanting to catch up everything that you missed from this past week? See everything that has been added to the Vote Smart database, and be sure to visit this week before you vote on November 6th. Our recent additions include thousands of endorsements, statements on pipe bomb packages and political violence, and much more.



Countdown to Election Week:

We're just a little over a week out from election day! Check out Vote Easy, our candidate matching tool, to see which congressional candidates in your district align most closely with you!

Pipe Bomb Packages:

This week, several packages containing pipe bombs were discovered on their way to political leaders and contributors around the country. See your politicians' responses to the attempted attacks here.


We have released 31,000+ endorsements so far this year. This is an area of research that can be useful to highlight right before elections. State-level endorsements for states with elections on Tuesday can be found by filtering for state on this page.



By Pete and the Elections Research team


Vote Smart has released more than 31,000+ endorsements so far this year! See who is really backing your candidates HERE.

If you would like to see how your representatives or candidates are rated by Special Interest Groups, check out your candidate's ratings page, as shown by the example HERE.

State level endorsements can be found by filtering for your state and the issues that matter most to you on this page HERE!


Vote Smart has released over 101,000 ratings for politicians so far this year! They are listed on the Interest Groups page of the website HERE!

We have researched state level interest group ratings in all 50 states! Filter for your state HERE.

You can filter these rating scorecards by both STATE AND ISSUE, which allows you to easily find how interest groups are rating your representatives based on the subjects that matter to you.

Political Courage Test & Elections Info:

So far this year, 1850 candidates across the country have displayed political courage by telling voters how they will act on the issues they will likely face if elected! See if your candidate has political courage HERE.

In recent history, Congressional candidates have become less likely to respond to the voters' questions and take the Political Courage Test. We know voters still want to arm themselves with the facts, so we use our data to determine where the candidates stand on the issues. So far in 2018, we have made 16,000 research determinations for Congressional candidates! See which candidates you agree with using VoteEasy, our candidate matching tool!  



By Annie and the Officials Research team

Public Statements:

Vote Smart added 2,643 statements to its database this week! Find them all through targeted key-word searches.

Noteworthy Topics: 

- Pipe bombs and political violence


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