American Politics: Tracking U.S. Government, Political Parties, Elections and Political News
The Web is the most efficient source for current information about domestic and international politics. This Guide teaches you about the U.S. government and the election process; tells you how to get politically involved yourself; and highlights the best sources for political news at home and abroad. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
The following sites provide an overview of the U.S. government and how it functions. You'll learn ... read more »
American Political Parties
The Democrats and Republicans have had a longstanding rivalry in American politics. To learn more ... read more »
Use the resources provided to learn about the nuances of the election process, read up on the candidates themselves, and to find out how you can register to vote.
- Although some sites are great resources for general information about elections and issues, when it comes to accuracy and objectivity, nothing beats the comprehensive voter's guide that you get in the mail (even if it is as big as your phonebook).
- FindingDulcinea has a number of other resources that cover politics and the election process, specifically. Visit the Election 2008 Web Guide or the Presidential Elections Web Guide for more information.
- The members of the Electoral College actually determine the winner in presidential elections, although their votes are dictated by the popular vote.
- When you register to vote you can name a political party with which to be affiliated. Only registered party members can vote in a party's primary election.
- Find out more about past and current elected officials in the "U.S. Government" section of this guide.
To register or vote ...
C-SPAN uses an intuitive and interactive map of the United States to help you register to vote.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides absentee voting forms and information to uniformed services members and overseas citizens.
For election law, the Electoral College, or voting history ...
The National Archives and Records Administration explains the Electoral College. Find out how many votes each state gets as well as the responsibilities of the electors, and what it takes to become one.
Answers.com brings together numerous reference resources that comprehensively explain the Electoral College. You'll learn about its origins, its legal evolution, and much more.
270toWin.com is an interactive Electoral College map that doubles as an interactive history of presidential elections dating all the way back to 1798.
American Memory from the Library of Congress outlines the history of voting in the United States, dating as far back as the Declaration of Independence.
Election Law is a blog that covers the law of politics and the politics of law: election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and the Supreme Court nomination process.
To research a candidate or issue ...
News Batch is the site for anybody looking for a better understanding of the major issues in contemporary politics. News Batch has a database of background information categorized by issue, up-to-date voting records from both the House and the Senate, and links to other useful sites.
Project Vote Smart has a number of useful resources for the inquisitive voter, including biographical information of candidates, campaign finance information, public statements, and much more.
The Hill offers incumbents' and challengers' Web sites and the opinions of each side in blogs and columns. This site also covers most political press releases and political news.
The Rothenberg Political Report is a nonpartisan blog covering U.S. House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics, and political developments. It neither endorses candidates nor advocates positions on matters of public policy.
FactCheck.org monitors the accuracy of claims made by politicians and issue advocates in the United States.
The Living Room Candidate from the American Museum of the Moving Image has an archive of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present.
U.S. Political News
This guide shows you where to look for reliable and immediate coverage of national politics and ... read more »
World Political News
In this rapidly globalizing world, the impact of international politics has never been more ... read more »
Knowing the full range of facts and opinions makes you a well-informed and well-rounded citizen. ... read more »