A guide to resources to help prepare you for participation in United States elections.
Last Updated: Oct 2, 2012
- Watch the Debates
YouTube's Politics channel will be streaming the 2012 presidential debates.
- What is the Electoral College?
Follow this link to a list of FAQs from the Federal Register about what the U.S. Electoral College is and how it operates in a presidential election.
- Project Vote Smart
Project vote smart is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization devoted to providing information on political candidates. View candidates records on various issues and view how candidates have been ranked by various special interest groups.
- Fact Check
A non-partisan, non-profit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Fact Check reports on the factual accuracy of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
- News IQ Quiz
How informed are you? Take this quiz from the Pew Research Center to find out how you compare to other voters.
- News Research with Lexis Nexis
A guide to using Lexis Nexis to retrieve news articles about elections and political candidates. Lexis Nexis can also be used to retrieve transcripts of television and radio broadcasts; very useful for obtaining copies of important speeches.
- The Election Assistance Commission
Download the National Mail Voter Registration form in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. Note: North Dakota, New Hampshire and Wyoming do not accept the National Voter Registration Application form.
- Rock The Vote
Rock The Vote provides and online tool for filling out the the National Voter Registration Application. After filling the webform, visitors can print out a completed National Voter Registration Application to mail to their Secretary of State. Note: North Dakota, New Hampshire and Wyoming do not accept the National Voter Registration Application form.
A project of the League of Women Voters Education Fund, Vote411 endeavors to provide nonpartisan information on a comprehensive range of voting issues. Input your address from their home page to find your polling place.
- Long Distance Voter
Long Distance Voter is a non-profit organization that states that is mission is, "to increase civic participation by removing impediments to voting, and by empowering US citizens to register to vote and request their absentee ballot." Their website provides a comprehensive collection of links that potential voters from all 50 states can use to verify their registration, request absentee ballots, and confirm voting and registration deadlines.
- Count More
College students can vote in the their home states or the states that they go to school in. This project of Long Distance Voter provides an estimate of where a potential college student voter's vote would have greater impact based on projections of the balance of political opinion in the student's home state and school state.