The scorecard allows you to show your supporters how their elected officials (and others) voted on certain issues important to your organization. VoterVoice calculates a percentage score for each official based on 1) how often they vote with your association and 2) the proportionate weight of those bills according to your settings. The scorecard lists specific bills, how the officials voted on each bill, and various details that you can edit.
Scoring a Vote
Mouse over the Scorecard menu on the admin site and select Manage Actions. This page organizes all the bill actions (votes) you have entered into your system by chamber and session.
If you are simply editing a previously scored vote, just click on the name and edit accordingly. If, however, you are entering a new bill, click “new action” at the top-right corner of the page. That will bring you to a page where you search for the bill and vote that you wish to display to your members.
On the Options page, leave “legislation” selected at the top, choose the jurisdiction of the bill (federal or a particular state), and enter the bill number. You will see a dropdown of bills with that number from the current and previous sessions; select the one you’re interested in. Next, click into the “Action” field to select a bill action (vote). VoterVoice imports roll call votes for the bills in question. If you need to score a vote that does not appear in the listing, you will need to create a custom action that allows you to select the various legislators’ positions yourself.
Once you’ve selected the bill action, you will also be able to enter a custom title for the action and a custom explanation for your supporters. When you’re done, continue to the next page.
The Votes page will show you the whether the motion passed or failed, the total number of votes in each category (for, against, etc…), and the specific vote of each legislator. Legislators for whom no vote is found are listed at the top in red. You can add a vote for them, or you can leave their entries blank.
Finally one the Votes page, you will need to select your association’s position on the bill. This will allow VoterVoice to determine if a vote for the bill’s passage should help or harm the overall scores of the officials.
Continue forward from there, and you’re done! When you are ready to display the actions you have scored, you can do that through the Scorecard Layout tool.