Project Vote Smart Bus Visiting Campus – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Project Vote Smart Bus Visiting Campus

The Geneva League of Women Voters and Hobart and William Smith Colleges are partnering up to host the Project Vote Smart bus on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The visit is another event held in conjunction with The Geneva Partnership, a program kicked off this fall by Hobart and William Smith Colleges to enhance community life for the benefit of all who live, work and study in the region.

Project Vote Smart researches the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover and share their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data, and evaluations of them, as generated by more than 100 competing special interest groups.

Crisscrossing the nation in a red and blue motor coach, Project Vote Smart is helping inform voters until the November 2008 elections. The group will show videos on their organization, provide laptops for access to their Web site and offer brochures and other information on how and where to register and vote.

The bus will be parked on the lawn in front of the Scandling Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney, who has been a member of the Geneva League of Women Voters for many years, is thrilled that the Colleges and the Geneva League, both of which share the Project’s belief in the power of knowledge, are sponsoring this visit to Geneva.

“Project Vote Smart is committed to offering voters an alternative to campaign ads and spin doctors as a way to acquire information about what candidates believe and how they actually vote, McKinney says.

President Mark D. Gearan is pleased the non-partisan group is able to make HWS a stop on their route. “Civic engagement requires all of us to be informed about candidates and issues. Project Vote Smart provides all of us the critical tools to be better citizens, says Gearan.

Information about internship and employment opportunities with Project Vote Smart will also be available.

For more information, visit Vote Smart.