PolTrack App Demo

Last updated 21 Feb 2023 for PolTrack version 0.39.0

Open the demo version of PolTrack app and follow the steps below.

  1. Configure PT Report
    1. Select Politicians
      1. Click Select Politicians
      2. Enter senator + florida in search input box.
      3. Click the checkbox next to Rubio, Marco A to select this politician.
      4. Enter desant* in search input box.
      5. Select DeSantis, Ronald D.
    2. Select Action Opinions by Provider Name
      1. Make sure DeSantis, Ronald D is still selected.
      2. Click Select Action Opinions then click By Info Provider tab. (Info Provider is a source of information about actions of politicians.)
      3. Click Get Action Opinions.
      4. In the search results, click the checkbox next to AFL-CIO.
      5. In the PT Report configuration, click the Delete Provider button next to AFL-CIO.
      6. In the search results, click the checkbox next to American Conservative Union.
      7. Click Filter by provider name slide toggle.
      8. Type cons* in the input box below the slide toggle and hit ENTER.
      9. Click New Search button.
      10. In the search results, select League of Conservation Voters.
    3. Select Action Opinions by Action Keywords
      1. Select Rubio in the PT Report configuration on the left side.
      2. Click Select Action Opinions then click By Action Keywords tab.
      3. In the action keywords box, type guns "social security" including the quote marks, and click Search Actions
      4. Select (click the checkbox next to) the first search result item (2017 Senate roll call vote 66).
      5. In the PT Report configuration (left column), expand configuration for Marco Rubio by clicking the down arrow to the right of Rubio’s name.
      6. Expand PT Report configuration for Gunowners of America.
      7. Expand PT Report configuration for U.S. Senate under Gunowners of America.
      8. Delete 2017 Senate roll call vote 66 from the PT Report configuration by clicking the Delete opinion button.
      9. In the search results, select again the first search result item (2017 Senate roll call vote 66).
      10. Scroll down in the search results if necessary and find the action opinion labeled S. 731 introduced in 2015 from provider National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
      11. Click the blue [more] link.
      12. Close the pop-up by clicking the Close button at the bottom or anywhere outside the pop-up.
      13. Select the S. 731 introduced in 2015 action opinion by clicking its checkbox
  2. Get PolTrack Report
    1. Activate PT Membership
      1. Click Done With Configuration or PT Report in the top menu.
      2. If you see NO active membership message, click Select existing membership. Otherwise, skip the next step and continue.
      3. In the PolTrack Membership screen, enter 89DF2C2B-6F74-4D42-A858-3FA92EE8A3B3 as membership ID, and click Find Membership. Once the membership is activated, click PT Report in the top menu.
    2. PT Report
      1. Click Show Report Configuation and then Hide Report Configuration.
      2. Click Get PolTrack Report.
    3. Scorecard Detail Report
      Scorecard is a collection of action opinions from one info provider. This report shows all actions included in a scorecard and used in the score calcuation.
      1. In DeSantis, Ronald D section, click the bar graph representing the 2014 U.S. House of Representatives scorecard from American Conservative Union.
      2. Click the blue [more] link at the end of the description of 2014 House roll call vote 21.
      3. Close the vote description and scorecard detail pop-ups.
      4. Scorecards with three of fewer action opinions have no numeric score. In Rubio, Marco A section, click the bar graph labeled No Score of the 2016 U.S. Senate scorecard from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
      5. Close the pop-up using the Close button or by clicking anywhere outside the pop-up window.
    4. Action Detail Report
      This report shows opinion from all info providers about a particular action. It is available only for actions that have an opinion from more than one info provider.
      1. In DeSantis, Ronald D section, click the bar graph representing the 2017 U.S. House of Representatives scorecard from League of Conservation Voters.
      2. Find the action 2017 House roll call vote 45 (third from the top) and click Action Detail button for this action.
      3. Close the Action Detail and Scorecard Detail pop-ups.
  3. Report Configuration Re-use
    The PolTrack app saves the most recent PT Report configuration in your browser.
    1. Close the web browser window or tab in which PolTrack is running.
    2. Re-open PolTrack in the same browser you had used before. (For example, if you used Firefox, be sure to re-open PolTrack in Firefox.)
    3. You should see the PT Report configuration you had used last. If you followed the above script exactly, that configuration should consist of two politicians
      • - DeSantis, Ronald D with two info providers: American Conservative Union and League of Conservation Voters.
      • - Rubio, Marco A also with two info providers: Gunowners of America and National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
  4. Action Info Entry
    Use this tool to share your opinion about the actions of our elected officials with other PolTrack users.
    1. Click Action Info Entry Tool item in the top menu.
    2. Click Add Info provider and enter cons in the provider name input box.
    3. Select Consumers Union and click Save.
    4. Click the context menu () to the left of Consumers Union and select Add Scorecard. A scorecard is a collection of action opinions from one opinion provider (Consumers Union, in this case).
    5. Select U.S. Senate from Politicians dropdown, enter 2020 U.S. Senate Scorecard as Scorecard Description, and hit Save.
    6. Select Add Action Opinion from the 2020 U.S. Senate Scorecard menu.
    7. Select Cast a Roll Call Vote from the Selecte an action dropdown.
    8. Enter 2020, 123, Yea Vote, and 2 as Vote Year, Vote Number, Action desired by provider, and Action weight respectively. Action desired by provider is the action the opinion provider (Consumers Union) wanted the politicians (the U.S. Senate) to take during this particular Senate roll call vote.
    9. Enter the complete address (URL) of a safe website, including the https://prefix, in the Evidence Web Address input box. For example, https://www.vis.org.
      Evidence refers to a web page, usually maintained by the opinion provider, that is the source of the action information being entered.
    10. Click Verify Evidence button. Close any new browser tab or window showing the sample website. You will have to allow pop-ups from https://poltrack.z22.web.core.windows.net in your browser for this step to work.
    11. Check the Evidence address is CORRECT checkbox.
    12. Enter, for example, Vote 123 Title and Vote 123 description. as Action Info Title and Action Info content.
    13. Check the Action Info title and description are CORRECT checkbox.
    14. Click the Save button to save this action opinion. You can enter more action opinions for this scorecard or you can click Cancel to return to the Action Info Entry Tool home page.