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The Hill: Campaign A newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress.
Other News Sources
Encyclopedias & Almanacs
Wikipedia: Elections in the United States Long article packed with information and links to more information.
Stats & Predictions
Five Thirty Eight: Politics Run by statistician Nate Silver, the site has a great track record in forecasting the winners in federal and governor races. The site features news based on surveys, polls, and statistics.
Electoral-Vote.com Election results, poll predictions of outcomes displayed on U.S. maps, poll data, news, and commentary.
Iowa Electronic Markets Online futures markets, which follow elections in election years. Contract payoffs are determined by the vote cast. The markets are used by others to predict the election outcome.
Cook Political Report Well-respected political predictions.
Sabato’s Chrystal Ball Run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, the site features frequently updated analysis for elections across the country.
Memeorandum Political news summaries with links to bloggers discussing these issues.
RealClearPolitics Commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day.
WatchBlog A multiple-editor blog divided into three major political affiliations, each with its own blog: the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Third Party (covering everything outside the two major parties). Each blog has an archive and links to affiliated online resources.
Talking Points Memo: DC Liberal blog.
InstaPundit Conservative blog.
Political Wire A political column constantly updated with news, buzz and commentary.
Political Party Blogs:
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Polls, surveys, research, and reports.
PollingReport.com: Elections The latest and historic polls from many sources on presidential and congressional campaigns.
HuffPost: Pollster Polls on the presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and other races.
Rasmussen Reports: Politics Polls on the presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and other races.
RealClearPolitics: Polls A compilation of several polls.
Opinion Polls A listing of many polls. From Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Humor & Satire
Professional Cartoonists Index Hundreds of editorial cartoons.
Cartoonist Group: Election Cartoons Still more editorial cartoons.
CartoonStock: Politics Even more editorial cartoons.
American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Yet more editorial cartoons.
CartoonBank Type election in the search box to find New Yorker cartoons on this subject.
About.com: Political Humor Archive of jokes.
America.gov: USA Elections in Brief (PDF) A guide to the U.S. electoral system, from federal, state, local, and primary elections to related topics such as polling & the role of parties & media.
USA.gov: Voting & Elections How to contact elected officials, learn about elections and voting, register to vote and vote, and volunteer and contribute to the election process.
U.S. Department of State: Key Topics Around election time, one key topic will be the election. Click on it for information on the U.S. electoral process and other links.
U.S. Senate: Elections Links to information on elections and data from past elections.
Federal Election Commission The body in charge of administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws.
Election Law Blog A blog on election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and the Supreme Court nomination process. From Rick Hasen, Loyola Law School.
Legal Information Institute: Elections Articles and statutes on elections.
Library of Congress: Election Law An annotated guide to sources of information on election law.
Election Law @ Moritz Information and insight on election laws from Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
Edward Still: Election Law Information about all aspects of election, voting, and campaign finance law.
Internet Law Library: Election Law Links to laws, court cases, and other information on election law.
Campaign Legal Center A non-partisan, non-profit organization that works on campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics.
U.S. Department of Justice: Voting Section The part of the Justice Department that enforces federal election laws.
Democratic Party Official site of the Democratic National Committee.
Republican Party Official site of the Republican Party.
Politics1: Directory of U.S. Political Parties Links to official party sites and candidates.
Candidate Sites & Information on Candidates
Judgepedia This wiki encyclopedia tells about America’s courts and judges, including information on those judges who run for office in some states.
Project Vote Smart Information on candidates and elected officials (president, Congress, governor, and state legislature). It includes voting records, biographical & contact information, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances. It also includes voter registration, polling place and absentee ballot information by state, and contact information for state and local election offices.
Washington Post: Congress Votes Database This site lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.
Congressional Report Card Reports on members of Congress and candidates showing how closely their position on legislation matched the positions of advocacy groups.
National Governors Association: 2016 Gubernatorial Election Information List of upcoming elections, the governor of each state, and other information on governors.
U.S. Conference of Mayors: 2016 Mayoral Elections Center A complete listing of recent mayoral races throughout the United States.
Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform Source Resources and information about health policy issues.
E-Democracy An organization that sponsors online “town halls” for communities.
On the Issues Non-partisan resource offering voters information on candidates’ positions on issues. Information is gathered from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet.
ProCon.org The pros and cons on many issues.
SeePolitical Animated videos on opposing arguments related to ballot propositions and presidential election processes, such as the Electoral College.
Vote-USA Information on every public election including, primary elections, special elections, at the national, state, and local levels. Also guides to candidates’ views on the issues.
Annenberg Political Fact Check Non-partisan site offering reports and commentary on the accuracy of what is said by major political players in the media.
PolitiFact Campaign fact checking by the Tampa Bay Times.
Rhetorica Analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism and politics.
SourceWatch A wiki documenting the activities of public relations firms and professionals engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion, and policy.
Snopes: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics Urban legends circulating in rumors and e-mails.
Accuracy in Media Conservative group pushing for fairer and more balanced coverage in the media.
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting Liberal media watch group that offers criticism of media bias and censorship and advocates for greater diversity in the press.
Media Matters A progressive center dedicated to monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Media Research Center Conservative media group that documents liberal media bias.
NPR: On the Media Radio programs examining media issues.
News Hounds A liberal group that covers Fox News.
Tyndall Report The site monitors the weekday nightly newscasts of the three American broadcast television networks on ABC, CBS, and NBC.
Project on Defense Alternatives Defense and foreign policy issues.
Direct Democracy: Initiatives, Referendums, & Recalls
National Council of State Legislatures: Initiative, Referendum, & Recall A brief overview of each.
USC School of Law: Initiative & Referendum Institute Information on and history of each state’s initiative process and ballot measures, particularly at Ballotwatch.
Ballotpedia A collaborative encyclopedia (like Wikipedia) about state politics, particularly including elections, state legislatures, ballot measures (including ballot measure law, school bond and tax elections, recall elections and local ballot measures), governors, state secretaries of state and state attorneys general.
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center A liberal group that serves as a resource for grassroots advocates and uses the ballot measures to achieve policy goals and political gains.
Youth Vote & Voter Turnout
Kids Voting USA National non-profit organization devoted to getting young people involved in our democracy.
Rock the Vote The site engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities.
Election & Voting Information
League of Women Voters Much information on registering and voting. Plus its Vote411 site offers information on absentee voting, ballot measures, candidates, early voting, election dates, eligibility & ID requirements, polling places, provisional voting, state contacts, voter registration, and voting machines.
Voter’s Edge Type in your address and you can see what’s on your ballot.
Official State Election Sites Links to each state’s election site, with information on voting and results of elections. From Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Federal Voting Assistance Program Voting information for U.S. citizens living overseas.
Historical Data & Material
American National Election Studies Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation in American elections.
Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections Historical and current elections (including non-presidential).
U.S. House of Representatives: Election Statistics Statistics on all federal elections from 1920 to the present.
National Turnout in Federal Elections1960–1996 From the Federal Elections Commission.
Living Room Candidate Presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present.
Ease History Another site offering presidential ads from1952 to the present.
4President Candidates’ brochures, campaign announcements, acceptance speeches, and campaign logos plus popular vote and electoral college data for every election since 1960.
UCSB: The American Presidency Project: Election Data Data and election maps from 1828 to the present.
Electoral Vote Calculator Allows you to keep track of electoral vote on election day and also posts the results of all presidential elections in U.S. history.
Tufts University: A New Nation Votes Election returns from 1787 to 1825.
Duke University Library: America Votes Presidential campaign memorabilia from 1796 to the present.
Cornell Library: Get Out the Vote! Campaigning for the U.S. Presidency A collection of material from elections from 1840–1960.
Northern Illinois University Digital Library: Getting the message out! National campaign materials from 1840–1860.
Wikipedia: U.S. presidential election Historical overview of American presidential elections, with a brief summary of the electoral process, results from every presidential race since 1789, and voter turnout since 1960. Also includes external links to other online resources.
Wikipedia: List of Elections in the United States With links to the party compositions of each house of Congress before and after the election.
NationalAtlas.gov: Printable Maps Maps of the electoral votes won, by political party, for the 54 presidential elections from 1789 to the present.
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy Exhibition looking at the history of U.S. voting methods, how they have evolved over the years, and how they vary in states and localities.
The Election & Campaign Process
Elections Library More topics.
Fact Monster: Step-by-Step on the Campaign Trail The steps of the presidential election, with historical consideration of how the process has evolved. Includes links to other articles on American elections.
Encyclopedia Articles on the Electoral College:
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration: U.S. Electoral College Information on the electoral college and presidential elections, past and present.
Reform Options for the Electoral College A review of the options and each’s pros and cons.
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government: Primer on the Electoral College Overview of the system, its pros and cons, proposals for change, and major election laws.
NPR: Debating the Merits of the Electoral College Two professors debate the value of the Electoral College.
The Electoral College Overview from Exploring Constitutional Conflicts.
Campaign Financing & Reform
Federal Election Commission Official website of the agency that discloses campaign finance information, enforces the provisions of the law such as the limits of prohibition on contributions, and oversees the public funding of presidential elections.
MoneyLine: Campaign Finance News Searchable database tracking and analyzing the movement of political money to and from the national level. It includes individual donor look-up and Political Action Committee (PAC) profiles, and fund contribution history.
OpenSecrets Another database for tracking money in politics and a guide for examining its effect on elections and public policy.
Follow the Money Research on campaign finance at the state level. Features searchable databases and analyses to determine how campaign money affects public-policy debates in the states. From the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
Cal-Access Interactive guide to campaign finance and lobbying at the California state government level. Financial information on state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others. From the office of California Secretary of State.
Campaign Finance Institute Think tank that conducts research, empanels task forces, and makes recommendations for policy change in the field of campaign finance.
Common Cause Non-partisan organization devoted to examining money in politics and promoting election reform, campaign finance reform, and government accountability.
Public Campaign: Clean Money, Clean Elections A non-profit group dedicated to reducing the role of special interest money in American politics. In-depth coverage of campaign reform policy and legislation and links.
Center for Public Integrity Non-profit that investigates issues to promote government accountability and transparency.
CampaignMoney A database with the names of financial donors to federal political campaigns.
Brookings Institute: Campaign Finance A directory of campaign finance and related media law resources online.
Other Electoral Reform
AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project A synthesis of election-reform research from two major think tanks.
ElectionLine A non-partisan, non-advocacy website providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform.
FairVote An organization advocating a national popular vote for president, instant runoff voting for executive elections, and proportional voting for legislative elections.
League of Women Voters Non-partisan organization aiming to improve systems of government, including electoral processes, through education and advocacy. Includes up-to-date information on election and campaign finance reforms, voter registration, and other issues.
Psephos A comprehensive, up-to-date archive of electoral information, with election statistics from 168 countries. By Adam Carr.
Lijphart Elections Archive A research collection of district level election results for approximately 350 national legislative elections in 26 countries. From UCSD.
Political Resources: Elections Links to sites on UK and US elections.
Election Resources on the Internet Links to sites around the world that provide national and local election statistics and other election resources.
Electoral Geography 2.0 Maps, data, and socio-political analysis of voting trends in the world’s 192 countries.
IFES: Election Guide A comprehensive source of verified election information and results around the world.
Election Central Lessons Election lessons from Constitutional Rights Foundation divided into four categories: issues for the election, U.S. history, world history, and government.
MyVote California Student Mock Election High school and middle school students, teachers, and principals can participate in mock election on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, just one week before California's November 4 General Election.
National Student /Parent Mock Election Any U.S. classroom, school, or district that enrolls — and their parents — can participate in this mock election.
The Green Papers Site dedicated to the dissemination of facts, figures, tidbits and commentary on the election campaigns.