PORTLAND — A nonpartisan group has launched a website to help Maine voters determine where congressional candidates stand on the issues.

Montana-based Project Vote Smart says its “VoteEasy” website allows people to comparetheir own views on the issues to those of the presidential and Maine congressional candidates.

“VoteEasy” uses information submitted by the candidates in response to questionnaires, and through research using candidates’ voting records, backgrounds, issue positions, campaign contributions, interest group ratings and public statements.

Mainers can go to the http://votesmart.org/ website and click on 13 issue tabs including abortion, the economy, health care, education and immigration. They can type in their own views to see how well candidates’ positions match their own.

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