We are an unbiased, apolitical voter resource. We help you find your #PoliticalMatch with our #CandidateMatchmaker – a mix of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and politics.
Together we can change how you find political candidates and how they find you; and Ultimately, we can change the world.
We will tell you who we voted for and how we mitigate our own bias so as not to affect your choices, unlike any other data source out there. Join us!
Stop getting catfished by your candidate or setup by your friends, your family, your party, or your news bubble.
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Matchmaker 1.0: Launched in early 2020. Our team has turned 40 hours of boring research into 4 minutes of Fair, Fast, & Fun politics with the familiar feel of a dating app. It's like #Hinge4Politics (but please don't delete us). Find your #PoliticalMatch!
Matchmaker 2.0: Launched in July of 2020 as part of our VotingSmarter iOS app, Matchmaker 2.0 has the same great dating app feel to find your political soulmates but with way more functionality.
COMING SOON (depending on fundraising):
Money Matrix: Our campaign finance visualization tool.
Candidate Snapshot: A live feed of any candidate's entire social media presence.
Tradeoff Visualizer: Imagine being in charge of everything and seeing how your policy choices could impact the country.
Money Primary: Think kickstarter, but for campaigns.
And... we are developing a way for you to vote EVERYDAY...just wait...you'll see!
We are a civic-tech nonprofit startup. We have nearly 40 people all working unpaid out of passion and love of country. We rely entirely on your donations. We come from ALL walks of life and EVERY political background. If you can, please donate through our GiveSum page. Every dollar we raise helps us reach another voter and provides us with the capital to build additional Fair. Fast & Fun. political tools.
If we can raise enough money in the next 30 days we can add the candidates running for Governor, for Senate, and for the House of Representatives. We may even be able to cover your local elections!
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Last modified: July 15th, 2020
VotingSmarter, a Delaware corporation (“VotingSmarter” or “We”), respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes:
This policy applies to information you provide to us through the App, information we collect through the App, information you permit us to use and publicly available voter information.
This policy DOES NOT apply to information that you provide to or is collected by any third party.
Third parties may have their own privacy policies, which we encourage you to read before providing information to or through them.
Children Under the Age of 18
The App is not intended for children under 18 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact us at Support@votingsmarter.org .
Information We Collect and How We Collect It
We collect information from and about users of our App:
Information You Provide to Us
When you download, register with, or use this App, we may ask you provide information:
This information includes:
You may also provide information for publication or display (“Posted”) on the App (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are Posted and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although you may set certain privacy settings for such information by logging into your account profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of third parties with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
Information You Permit Us to Collect
We will ask for your permission to collect or use certain data from your mobile device or third parties including:
You may choose whether to grant the App access to this information. You may opt out of sharing your contacts, geolocation information, or photos by selecting “No” when prompted by your mobile device or through your mobile device settings. You may opt out of sharing information through a federated log-in by creating your own log-in account.
Note, however, that opting out of the App’s collection of your contacts, geolocation information, and photographs will cause features associated with that information to be not fully functional or disabled.
Automatic Information Collection
When you download, access, and use the App, it may use technology to automatically collect:
If you do not want us to collect this information, do not download the App or, if you have already downloaded the App, delete it from your device.
The technologies we use for automatic information collection may include but is not restricted to:
Information We Collect From Publicly Available Voter Records
Voter registration lists and files are available to the public. We have acquired publicly available voter records (“Public Voter Records”) and organized that information. We have chosen to protect our users’ privacy by not including all information from Public Voter Records in the voter information accessible on the App. When you use the app or create a log-in account, you may match your log-in to your voter information available on the app (“VotingSmarter Voter File”), which includes, among others:
You may choose not to associate your log-in with your VotingSmarter Voter File. However, doing so will cause features associated with that information to be unavailable.
How We Use Your Information
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information, to:
The usage information we collect helps us to improve our App and to deliver a better and more personalized experience by enabling us to:
We use your contacts to enable you to invite friends to check out the App and engage with them regarding the App. We will not provide them to any third party for advertising or any purpose unrelated to the App. If you provide access to your contacts and initiate a text message to one or more of your contacts, you represent and warrant that each of those individuals has expressly consented to receive such message from you and to receive them from you through the App.
Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose aggregated information and analytics about our user populations without restriction. When we do this, we won’t share your personal information. Aggregated information and analytics about our users will never be traceable to you individually.
In addition, we may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide:
Your Choices About Our Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Your Information
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. This section describes mechanisms we provide for you to control certain uses and disclosures of your information.
Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information
You can review and change your personal information by logging into the App and visiting your account profile page.
You may also send us an email at Support@votingsmarter.org to request access to, correct, or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
Your California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, California law may provide you with additional rights regarding our use of your personal information.
In particular California permits users of our App that are California residents to request, once each calendar year, information regarding the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes, if any. VotingSmarter does not disclose personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. However, to make such a request, please send an email to Support@votingsmarter.org.
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on secure servers and is encrypted in-transit.
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our App, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the App and in the messages you may send through the App. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the App.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet and mobile platforms is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted through our App. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures we provide.