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Elections and Campaigns

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Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.

Federal Election Commission
This is the Website for the Federal Election Commission (FEC), created by Congress to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) -– the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.  

The Anes Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior
The Guide provides immediate access to tables and graphs that display the ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior, and choice in American politics over time. It serves as a resource for political observers, policy makers, and journalists, teachers, students, and social scientists.  

National Political Index
The National Political Index is an extensive listing of links to a wide variety of information on politics, elections and campaigns. 

The Republican National Committee
This is the official Website of the Republican Party. 

The Democratic National Committee
This is the official Website of the Democratic Party. 

eVote
This is non-partisan political information Website with sections on Current Events, Features, Magazines, News, and Polls.   

OpenSecrets.org
Open Secrets is the online site for the Center for Responsiveness in Politics—a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center’s work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.  

C-SPAN: Campaigns and Elections
Great instructional information about the election process from the knowledgeable staff at C-SPAN, this site also has a number of links to other useful election information. 

How Stuff Works: How Election Campaigns Work
How Stuff Works, always an enjoyable, informative site, offers a good basic description of the election/campaign process.  

U.S. Census Bureau: Voting and Registration
Information and data from the U.S. Census as it relates to elections and voting.  

The Gallup Poll
Probably the most recognized name in polling, Gallup maintains a Website with poll results in many areas (the bulk of which is either directly or indirectly related to politics), along with many links to information and analysis on the polling process.  

The Voter's Guide to Election Polls (HN90.P8 T73 2004)
The authors have produced a very solid introduction to matters associated with polling. This book will be useful to all who seek to make sense of the relentless use of polling data during a campaign, be they journalists, academics, or concerned members of the public.  

Last updated by jgottfri on 07/30/2007