To ask a librarian to check the facts of a claim on the Living Voters Guide, click the “Request a fact check of this point” button at the bottom of each post. Librarians will respond to each request within 48 hours. We will assign each claim a status of “Consistent with sources found,” “Inconsistent with sources found,” “Inconclusive given sources found,” or “Outside the scope of the service” and will post a response with further information and the sources used to evaluate the claim.
We will make every effort to find a variety of sources and to post a fair, balanced, and complete response to each request. Librarians will spend up to two hours per request; if an answer cannot be found in this timeframe, we will note this in our response. Librarians are not experts on current ballot measures; but we are experts in finding information. We will respond to all requests and present the best information we can find in an attempt to evaluate the veracity of a claim.
Some types of questions fall beyond the boundaries of what librarians are able to verify:
The Library is not the final word on what is the truth. Our responses represent our best effort of evaluating statements by Living Voters Guide users, given the information we are able to find. This is an experiment; we hope that our efforts will support informed discussion of civic issues.
When the pro/con points are expanded, you can click on a point to expand it. If you would like a librarian to fact check it, click the button “Ask a librarian about this point”. You can then describe what claim you'd like them to investigate. The librarians will try to respond within 48 hours.
The results of the fact checks will be shown to all LVG participants. When the pros and cons are expanded, you can see the result of the fact check labeled with the following icons: