How are scores calculated?
Scores are calculated using Congressional votes as well as sponsorship of pro-liberty bills. Voting with the pro-liberty position earns either 1, 2, or 3 points depending on the weight of the vote. Voting against liberty earns nothing and missing a vote does not affect the score but is still displayed on each legislator's profile page. Sponsoring a pro-liberty bill earns either 1, 2, or 3 points depending on the weight of the bill and failure to sponsor a bill earns nothing.
Votes are 95% of each legislator's total score and co-sponsorships are the remaining 5%. A legislator's vote score and sponsorship score are calculated as the number of points earned divided by the number of points possible for each category. Those two scores are added together for the final score.
Why do some legislators score so well on other scorecards and end up in the middle of yours?
Other scorecards tend to favor one party or one type of policy over another. As a holistic pro-liberty scorecard, the Liberty For All scorecard not only recognizes that some legislators are good on some issues (such as civil liberties) while bad on others (such as government spending and monetary policy) but demonstrates that the bulk of both parties tend to represent and vote for interventionist, crony corporatist, and big government policies that continue to increase the deficit while eroding the liberty of everyday Americans.
Why are some of the scores so similar, especially in the senate?
When it comes to votes, we are only able to score the votes that are taken. Many pro-liberty policies have been stalled in committee and have not made it to the floor for a recorded vote. The senate in particular does not vote in large quantities and the votes that do take place are often polarizing votes pitting the two parties against one another. When possible, votes that do not have the full support of either party have been given extra weight in the senate to differentiate between who is really standing up for liberty and who is simply toeing the party line.
What's next for the liberty scorecard?
Check back often as we will be improving the scorecard throughout the year. Throughout each session the total number of votes in our database grows and before long we will be table to track if legislators are moving towards liberty over time as well as be able to display how legislators fair with respect to specific categories of policy. To further underscore how Liberty For All fights for pro-liberty policies and not for party politics, we will also be announcing awards for the members of each party that have done the most to advance liberty legislation some time this year.
I want to help advocate for liberty and fight bad legislation, what can I do?
To keep the pressure on Congress we need the help of pro-liberty Americans in every district around the nation. By signing up for key vote alerts we will notify you when an important vote is coming up so you can notify your elected representatives and tell them you will be watching how they vote. With your help, we can bombard Congressional offices with phone calls, emails, and letters to continue advancing pro-liberty legislation.