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Organizations choose bills that align with their interests and enter a positive, neutral or negative rating for each bill. When a legislator votes for or against a bill, they receive positive, zero or negative points. Then we divide the points possible by the points they received and assign a score for the legislator.
Learn more about How to Build a Legislative Scorecard
Internally, scorecards provide easy to interpret summaries of what new legislation is proposed and how legislators are voting.
Publicly, they're used as educative tools for voters. On average, more than 109,000 bills are introduced in state legislatures each year. Most voters don't have the time to find and follow all of the proposed legislation that may affect them, but they know scorecards they typically align with. So it's an easy way for users to quickly find legislation that they may want to research further before contacting their legislator or hitting the ballot box.
We’re constantly adding on new features. This is not an exhaustive list, but we include:
Any of these bill features can be easily turned on/off to match your preferences. For an example of most of these features turned on, visit Rep. Greg Vitali on ACLU-PA’s scorecard.
Learn more about our scorecard features.
2022 planned development iteration includes:
Learn more about our scorecard features.
One year comes with the standard plugin. When purchasing, you can choose to upgrade to a multi-year subscription, which enables years from 2011 until today. Once upgraded, multiple years will display as tabs at the top of each individual legislator’s page.
We can display data from 2011 onward, since that’s when BillTrack50’s data starts.
Not quite yet, but that’s an incoming 2022 feature. BillTrack50 is working on adding this feature into their API. Once it’s added, then we will add it to our scorecard software too.
No. You must have a paid BillTrack50 Pro, Unlimited, or Enterprise subscription. BillTrack50 is an affordable Bill Tracking service that monitors and scrapes new bill and votes data.
Our software turns that data into meaningful information for your followers. So it requires a BillTrack50 API key, which you can request directly from BillTrack50.
Currently, yes. However, we can create a hosted WordPress microsite that houses the scorecard, if you’d like to use it. Also, we are actively working on integrating this into other platforms as well. If you would like to request a platform, please contact us.
While we get regular feedback and input from BillTrack50, we are separate entities.
BillTrack50 is your data source. Their specialty is legislative tracking, so they are your database and backend for all bills and votes data. They include legislation updates 2x per day, alert you daily of legislation changes, and aggregate legislation data from various sources.
We are your web software provider. Our software is a layer on top of BillTrack50. We pull in your bills and votes data from their platform and display it on your website. We provide features, like: Find Your Legislator, search and filtering, and official legislator headshots that they don’t provide.
If a legislator has left office but made a vote in your most recent scorecard, you can log into BillTrack50 and go to your scorecard. Then edit your scorecard’s settings via the ‘Manage’ tab to include out of office legislators in the scorecard. Then they will display along with any votes they made in previous years, if you’ve purchased our multi-year scorecard. Former legislator headshots will not display.
If are just wanting a historical archive of current and former legislators who were in office in years past, that’s not available in our scorecard.
The vast majority of our customers are non-profits, so our pricing is set accordingly.
State Scorecard with Lifetime Scoring
Using our scorecard software, this scorecard does a great job of showing how to utilize Bill Comments with links and Categories.
This scorecard shows lifetime vs session score in a nice graph format.
Congressional Scorecard with Lifetime Scoring
Our partner since 2021, this scorecard includes a state map and legislator biographies.
If you're looking for a PDF-only option, this is an easy-to-scan format.
Yes, our legislator pages output to black and white PDFs for easy printing. To see an example, go to Rep. Cheryl Acton, right-click the page, click Print. Save as a PDF.