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About VIS

Voter Information Services (VIS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1995. Although we publish information from sources with very diverse biases and agendas, VIS itself does not support or oppose any issue, politician, or special interest group. Read about our history.

Mission

Acting on our belief that a government accountable to the citizens is the best government, VIS helps interested citizens learn about the actions of our elected officials and the impact of those actions on our lives.

Goals

VIS provides on-line tools that help voters learn about the impact of our elected officials’ actions.

While we hope to, in the future, cover all U.S. elected officials at all levels of government, our current focus is the U.S. Congress. Our Congressional Report Cards help their users understand

  • The impact of the laws enacted (or not enacted) by the U.S. Congress on our everyday lives.
  • The role of each Congress member in the passage or defeat of the above laws.

We actively seek partnerships with other organizations and individuals whose goals are compatible with ours.

Funding

VIS is funded primarily through small user fees and donations we collect from the users of the information we publish. Donations to Voter Information Services, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 04-3259572), are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Technical Team

VIS project coordinator Hubert Hubik is very grateful to the following people for their help with the project since its beginning:

  • Alex D., Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ashot M., Yerevan, Armenia
  • Binu M., Pennsylvania
  • Celeste A., Illinois
  • Jake T., Washington
  • Jerry D., New York
  • JW K., Mississippi
  • Krish C., Bangalore, India
  • Kristin L., Arizona
  • Pirchia B., New York
  • Rebecca M., New York
  • Vijaya S., Virginia
  • Yuliya V., New York
  • Zdenek H., Prague, Czech Republic

Contacting VIS

Voter Information Services
P.O. Box 649
Reading, MA 01867-0403
USA

P: 1-781-640-2152
E: info (at) vis.org

History

VIS founder and project coordinator Hubert Hubik worked for many years as an engineer, designing medical software applications. Having grown up in a formerly-totalitarian country in Eastern Europe, he has a special appreciation for democratic forms of government.

Back in the early 1990s, shortly after becoming a U.S. citizen, Hubert was ready to exercise his brand new right to vote in the congressional elections immediately following the First Gulf War. To his surprise, Hubert learned that finding information about the stance and, more importantly, the actions of Congress members on important issues with profound impact on our lives, such as the war, was rather difficult and time-consuming. An even bigger surprise to him was that his American friends felt the same way.

Hubert decided to try to solve this “lack of information” problem. In his spare time, he developed a database that was able to correlate the voting record of members of the U.S. Congress and the position on legislation from a number of well-known special interest groups. He started distributing reports from this database to his friends via email. After the arrival of the World-Wide Web, the reports became the VIS Congressional Report Cards.