Press Release - MapLight Releases Huge Database of '14 Election Information for Developers via API

Press Release - MapLight Releases Huge Database of '14 Election Information for Developers via API

Type: 
Public Statement
Date of Release or Mention: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Voter's Edge, an online national

resource for voter information, announces the upcoming release of its

comprehensive database of nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot

measures in the 2014 election. The Voter's Edge API will give developers

the ability to build web applications with customized election data on their

own media platforms. The Voter's Edge API will be made freely available by

MapLight in July 2014.

Voter's Edge API will

include the following data on federal candidates and ballot measures:

Candidate Data

Shows a candidate's total money raised; top contributors; endorsements; news

coverage; editorials; campaign advertisements; videos of key policy speeches;

political and professional background; and more.

Ballot Measure Data

Shows a ballot measure's total money raised and top 10 lists of contributors by

campaigns for and against the measure; the geographic origin of contributions;

what a "YES" or a "NO" vote would mean; the projected

financial impact of the measure; campaign arguments by proponents and

opponents; key endorsements for and against the measure; news; and

editorials.

Voter's Edge API for California will

include similar data on local and statewide candidates and ballot measures for

more than 50 California cities, with additional data provided by the League of

Women Voters of California Education Fund's Smart Voter.

Note: For some

races data will be dependent on availability. 

 

Voter's Edge was designed to bring

voting guides into the 21st century by increasing voter access to valuable

civic information and making it available all in one place. The online voter

guide allows users to evaluate and compare nonpartisan information on

candidates and ballot measures so they can make voting decisions with a full

understanding of what their votes mean, more quickly and easily than ever

before.

If you're interested in being

notified when the API is released
, please sign up here.

What is an API? An

application-programming interface (API) is a set of programming instructions

and standards for accessing a Web-based software application or Web tool.Programming

knowledge is required to use an API.

No programming knowledge? MapLight

is launching a series of embeddable widgets that do not require programming.

The current widgets are available at Voter's Edge Widgets with more widgets to

come. Widgets are as easy to embed as loading a YouTube video. Please contact

MapLight if you need technical assistance.  

Invitation to Research

Study 

MapLight is conducting research

about user preferences for voter information. We are looking for media outlets

interested in embedding the Voter's Edge widget on their website and

participating in a few quick and simple feedback phone calls. A small stipend

is available for participants. If interested, please contact Dorothee

Royal-Hedingerdorothee [at] maplight.org and include the URL of your website.

Supporters of Voter's Edge

Voter's Edge is made possible, in

part, by the Kaphan Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, the Hewlett

Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation, The Pick One Fund, as well as the generous

support of individual League of Women Voters of California Education Fund's

Smart Voter donors for Voter's Edge in CA.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of

California Education Fund conducts our voter service and civic education

activities. It is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonpartisan non-profit educational

organization, which:

  • Builds participation in the

    democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at

    all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive

    solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict

    management.

About MapLight 

Voter's Edge is a project of MapLight, a

501(c)(3) nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on

politics.

Media Contacts

Pamela Behrsin, MapLight, Voter's

Edge API and Widgets

c: 415-299-0898 | e: pamela [at] maplight.org | t: @imonlyabill

Elizabeth Leslie, League of Women

Voters of California Education Fund

c: 916-842-7737 |

e: eleslie [at] lwvc.org |

t: @cavotes

Subject

MapLight Releases Huge Database of '14 Election Information for Developers via API

Cooperating Organizations

MapLight Voter's Edge

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California