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United States: Federal Elections


Comprehensive Sites

Project Vote Smart - offers elected officials' voting records and candidates' positions for more than 13,000 candidates for public office--presidents, governors, congressional and state legislature candidates. Backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and performance evaluations on more than 80 conservative to liberal special interests are included. Political Parties - provides comprehensive list of political parties.
Politics1: States - News from the state elections.
E-Democracy - Based in Minnesota, offers links to 2008 Presidential candidates, voting information, election news, discussions, and links to other election sites.
Google Web Directory - U.S. Elections - includes categories for congressional, senatorial, presidential, political news, election reform, and regional information.
The Green Papers - provides facts and figures about delegate selection, conventions, caucuses, and primaries.
Political Science Resources/United States Politics: Elections - managed by University of Michigan's Grace York, site includes campaign finance, campaigns and candidates, election results, and voter registration resources.

News Sites

Politics: - MSNBC Politics Front Page. Features news articles and reports.
Ballot Access News - founded by Libertarians, tracks the attemps of third-party and independent candidates. Also tracks changes in the law, court challenges, and other tidbits of third-party news.
RealClearPolitics - culls and publishes the best 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.

Political Party Homepages

American Independent Party
American Reform Party
Communist Party USA
Constitutional Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Republican Party
Socialist Labor Party
Socialist Party USA


Gallup Polls
Polling Report
Rasmussen Reports

Specialized Sites

Ballotpedia - Geographic listing of ballot initiatives by state. - checks the accuracy of campaign rhetoric. Factcheck is non-partisan.
Federal Election Commission - official federal independent regulatory agency charged with disclosing campaign finance information. - billed as "the online source for money in politics data," Opensecrets tracks campaign funding by candidate, by geographical area, and by donor. Site even allows you to search local donations by zip code. Site is sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Skeleton Closet - Looking for dirt on political candidates? This nonpartisan site revels in finding questionable candidate activities.

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