Common Ground Committee and ActiVote Launch New Partnership to Help Voters Prepare for the Polls
The nonpartisan app will now feature the Common Ground Scorecard, which scores politicians’ capacity to work across the aisle
Wilton, CT, October 20, 2022 – Common Ground Committee, Inc. (CGC) and ActiVote are partnering to help voters make informed decisions this election season. Common Ground Committee is a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization devoted to healing polarization and improving public discourse in politics, using tools like the Common Ground Scorecard. The Scorecard is the first-ever model to assess the degree to which elected public officials and candidates for office are likely to seek points of agreement on social and political issues and rank them from 0 to 100 points. Bonus Points above 100 can be earned for championing common ground, and a negative score can be earned for personal demonizing. ActiVote, a nonpartisan app that educates voters on important issues and connects them to their polling sites, will now feature the Scorecard data on their platform, giving voters insight into candidates who engage in the work of finding common ground and making bipartisan progress.
This partnership comes at a perfect time as voters prepare for the Midterms this November. The Common Ground Scorecard allows voters to assess their representatives’ bipartisan performance through a scoring system using aggregated data from the Luger Index, GovTrack, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and other publicly available data sources. This partnership ensures voters have the information they need to confidently vote in every election, regardless of where their views lie on the political spectrum.
“As we head towards a critical election cycle, it’s become increasingly clear that partisanship is getting in the way of solutions to the very real issues facing our nation,” said Bruce Bond, co-founder, and CEO of Common Ground Committee. “Our hope is that the Scorecard will be a tool Americans will use to help them choose who they will vote for in the 2022 midterms.”
“We are thrilled to introduce the Common Ground Scorecard to ActiVote users,” said Sara Gifford, a Co-Founder of ActiVote. “Our goal is that voters find information that helps them cast an informed vote, no matter their politics. The Common Ground Scorecard gives another piece of information to voters about how officials are working and communicating with others.”
Common Ground Committee does not endorse political candidates. The organization’s only goal in providing the Common Ground Scorecard is to provide voters with an objective, up-to-date and easy-to-understand tool to discover how likely their elected officials or candidates for public office are to work with the opposite party to find common ground.
In order for voters to make informed decisions in November, both Common Ground Committee and ActiVote are dedicated to depolarizing political discourse and educating voters. Thanks to this partnership, ActiVote users now have access to crucial information to help them cast their votes.
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About Common Ground Committee
Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) citizen-led organization dedicated to bringing healing to the national challenges of polarization and incivility. Besides the Common Ground Scorecard, since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 18 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 250 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notable pairings as John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, David Petraeus and Susan Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile, Chris Wallace and Maggie Haberman, and Larry Kudlow and Barney Frank, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series, which has had over 200 thousand downloads and more than 100 thousand subscribers. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.
ActiVote is a nonpartisan app that is changing the way citizens engage with their government. ActiVote seeks to educate voters on important issues, when and where they can cast their vote, connects them with their elected officials, and allows them to make their voice heard. By helping users build their civic habits, better assess the electoral field, learn about policy, elected officials, and legislation, as well as empower and inspire both themselves and others, ActiVote helps voters be more engaged participants in our democracy.