Above, directly cited from the US Senate website, are names of all 47 US Senators who recently voted against and 51 other Senators who voted for "A bill to eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and promote renewable energy and energy conservation" (S.2204).
Do something now to ready yourself for the coming Earth Day. Go to that official US Senate web page link above. Make a bookmark and note any of those members listed you particularly want to vote for, or against, in the coming (November 2012) election. The Senate website does an auto-sort by State to make it easy.Print the page if you like (a few branches can be sacrificed for something this important). Yes, the fate of the earth can be worth single-issue-voting. This cited measure, for example, is a good surrogate of each Senator's general mindset.
It is very easy to do a similar thing for the US House of Representatives. Pick a bill you are really really upset about. Go to the House voting record website, sort members by "state" and make a note of which you want to support and which you plan to vote against.
In coming months I'll be posting other simple ways to gauge performance of your elected officials. I'll be sure to include ways to find elected officials who do better than average on matters of environment,health, and safety.
I hope there will be several great free apps that will help voters do this as election day nears. Let us know if you know of any in the works. App developers, please note the following tale. It is so blinking obvious, 'Ask not what your country can do for you,...ask what app you can make for your country.
The Tale of John & Suzie App-Pack
It's November of 2012 and John & Suzie are standing together in front of their designated election poll site. Decision day.
As will be the case for most independents, Suzie says 'I have no clue who I'm going to vote for, especially in the State and locals.' John whips out his trusty iPhone, for which he has a concealed carry permit recognized in Republican-dominated districts, and sez to her with that smirk you'd expect from a man packing App heat: 'Now you do, babe.'
John's GPS sensing voter app links over to a zip code table, which in turn is linked to a map of voting districts. He touches a district and a ballot pops up, with links for each candidate for Federal office to his or her available rating on a trusted third party website such as League of Conservation Voters.
John & Suzie could also be standing by their car in front of their shared home and the GPS would guide them to the right polling site.
If they live separately but are traveling together to two different polling sites, Suzie better download her own App or else the coding will be too complex. Plus, if she has her own version and does not want to be single-issue voter, Suzie might then be able ask Siri 'but how did Senator Casey vote on women's health care issues?'