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.
Politics1.com: Political Parties - provides comprehensive list of political parties.
Politics1: States - News from the state elections.
E-Democracy - Hosts local topics and forums across the United States.
The Green Papers - provides facts and figures about delegate selection, conventions, caucuses, and primaries. 

2016 Presidential Election

Democratic Presidential Candidates

Green Party Presidential Candidates

Republican Presidential Candidates

Socialist Party USA

Presidential Debates

Democratic Debates

  • October 13, 2015. CNN. Las Vegas, Nevada. (Watch Video of First debate).
  • November 14, 2015. CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register. Des Moines, Iowa. (Watch Video of Second debate).
  • December 19, 2015. ABC/WMUR. Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • January 17, 2016. NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Charleston, South Carolina.
  • February or March, 2016. Univision/ Washington Post. Miami, Florida.
  • February or March, 2016. Wisconsin (PBS).

Republican Debates

  • August 3, 2015. C-SPAN. Manchester, NH. (Watch Video of first Forum).
  • August 6, 2015. Fox News Channel. Cleveland, OH. Top 10 candidates.
    Second Tier candidates  (Watch Video from Forum) (1:07 hours)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (1:49 hours)
  • September 16, 2015. CNN and Salem Radio. Simi Valley, CA.
    Second Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (1: 17 hours)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (2:47 hours)
  • October 28, 2015. CNBC. (Watch Videos from the Forums) University of Colorado in Boulder.
  • November 10, 2015. Fox Business Network. Wisconsin 
    Second Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum). (Broken by Fox Business Network into 4 parts)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (25 min.) Fox 
  • December 15, 2015. CNN. Las Vegas, NV.
  • January, 2016 (day not yet determined). Fox News Channel. Iowa.
  • February 6, 2016. ABC. Manchester, NH.
  • February 26, 2016. NBC/Telemundo. Texas.
  • March, 2016 (day not yet determined). Fox News Channel. Location not yet determined.
  • March 10, 2016. CNN. Florida.

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.
Independent Political Report - culls information regarding third parties and independent candidates.

Political Party Home Pages

American Independent Party
Communist Party USA
Constitutional Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Reform 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.
Factcheck.org - checks the accuracy of campaign rhetoric. Factcheck is non-partisan.
Federal Election Commission - official federal independent regulatory agency charged with disclosing campaign finance information.
Opensecrets.org - billed as "the online source for money in politics data," Opensecrets tracks campaign funding by candidate, by geographical area, and by donor. Site is sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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