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What is SeePolitical? And How Can it Demystify Proposition Voting?

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Are you tired of biased political ads that are designed to confuse? Do you wonder whether 'Yes' means 'No', and 'No' means 'Yes'?

Are you wary of text-heavy voting guides that just get you mired in a sea of words with no outlet?

Are you sometimes unsure of exactly what your vote might mean on critical issues?

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If so, you'll be glad to know about a new kind of answer, SeePolitical.

SeePolitical demystifies confusing and detailed issues in short, animated video clips, so you actually understand what your vote means before you get to the polls. The facts get clarified in an educational and entertaining presentation by a nonprofit, nonpartisan company which affirms, "We believe an informed voter is an empowered voter. And an empowered voter leads to a healthier democracy."

Los Angeles magazine says, "...the Web site SeePolitical aims to convey the plain meaning of propositions through comedy sketches and a theme song that owe a debt to School House Rock, whose animated civics lessons saturated Saturday-morning TV in the '70s."

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We're glad to visit with Nate Kaplan, Founder and Executive Director of SeePolitical for further explanation.

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Meryl Ann Butler: Thanks for visiting with us, Nate! I've watched several of your video clips, and they are fabulous! What exactly is SeePolitical? And can you tell us what inspired this endeavor?

Nate Kaplan: SeePolitical is the new generation of voter education tools that we hope ultimately revolutionizes the way people vote and obtain information about upcoming ballot propositions.

We've developed a novel method to address a major problem in our society -- voter confusion and voter apathy. We started testing the concept 2012, and had our real soft launch during the June 2014 primary election when we produced videos explaining Props 41& 42. We're wrapping up production for our videos explaining this November's ballot props in English and Spanish.

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For the past 13 years I've been working in state and local government and politics and noticed most legislators couldn't even understand the complex language for ballot propositions we're all expected to vote on.

In 2008, I was a communications and legislative director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. Coming from Massachusetts, I still wasn't used to the ballot proposition cottage industry as it exists in the Golden State.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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