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Defining the Issues

1 VoteCloser is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is designed to help people understand a variety of complicated issues so that they can make intelligent, informed decisions when they vote in local, state, or national elections. 1 VoteCloser invites users to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues listed on the website.

Exchanging our views and thoughts and what we understand about these issues stirs curiosity and sparks questions—and creates a desire to learn more. Becoming educated about the issues is critical to making informed decisions and can bring all of us 1 VoteCloser to making a difference when we vote.

1 VoteCloser is designed to give you the information you need to form your OWN opinion about the issues that are important to YOU, and to enable you to TAKE THAT OPINION TO THE POLLS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

This website was initially produced using the results of an anonymous survey delivered to participants via U.S. mail. Each participant received a large manila envelope with a letter of explanation, a survey, and a self-addressed stamped return envelope. The survey listed the issues and asked participants for the first word that came to mind. The survey results were entirely anonymous and confidential. Participants were asked only for their age—nothing else. The building blocks were uninfluenced by political preference. 

These 83 ISSUES were collected from the websites of a diverse group of members of the United States Congress. These issues were listed as the ones most important to their constituents. 

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