Voting and Election Related Web Sites
"was created in 1946 as a bipartisan agency responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency promotes the proper administration of election laws, campaign finance disclosure compliance, and voter registration processes in Virginia by promulgating rules, regulations, issuing instructions, and providing information to local electoral boards and general registrars. In addition, the agency maintains a centralized database of state-wide voter registration and election related data" (from the web site).
C-SPAN Public affairs on the web.
Browse the issues, link to news, or watch broadcast online.
DemocraticUnderground.com offers discussions on elections.
Green Party of Virginia has contact information, news, how to contribute and/or become a member.
Libertarian Party of Virginia contains contact information, news, an events calendar, how to contribute and/or become a member.
Republican Party of Virginia This site provides you with news, contacts, how to volunteer and/or register.
Talking Points Memo is a political blog with links to a 24 hour updated tracker of all the political polls in the country. See how Connecticut officials are faring in the latest polls.
Virginia Democrats provides you with contact information, news, how to volunteer and/or contribute.
Voter's Guide from the Richmond Times-Dispatch (covers local races and ballot items)
League of Women Voters
"The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization
encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
It influences public policy through education and advocacy" (from the web
Congress.org is a nonpartisan web site focused on advocacy and community education that goes beyond letter-writing campaigns to reach legislators. It features the latest news, case studies, and policy activity updates.
Real time media analysis from the Columbia Journalism Review: "CJR Daily critiques the media and examines the forces - political, economic, technological, social, legal - that affect press performance for better or worse." Is the media giving you the whole, straight story?
A non-partisan website that critiques political advertising. It's managed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
"Your guide to the money in US elections." The unbiased Center for Responsive politics provides Open Secrets that has comprehensive information about issues related to campaign finance.
Politics 1 has state by state information, a directory of political parties, an elections calendar, statistics, issues discussion and essays.
Project VoteSmart Find and learn about your representatives. View their voting records, campaign finances and biographical information. Learn how to register and where to vote. Information on absentee ballots is also available.
See the major polls regarding approval rating for the President. The web site, RealClearPolitics.com has won praise from many news people.
For Kids and Teens
Kids Voting USA "gets
students involved and ready to be educated, engaged citizens. Students
learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, an
authentic voting experience and family dialogue" (from the web site).
PBS Kids Democracy Project
Kid-friendly way to learn more about the democratic process! Be President for a day! How does Government Affect Me? Step Inside the Voting Booth.
ZOOM out the Vote!
From PBS and ZOOM, "ZOOM! out the Vote" describes the voting process in kid-friendly terms.
Rock the Vote!
Dedicated to protecting freedom of expression, and empowering young people to change their world!
Contributions and Campaign Finances
The Virginia Public Access Project keeps track
of monies given to candidates here in Virginia.
OpenSecrets.org provides a huge amount of information on the givers and getters of the Presidential Race. Search by zip code.
Follow the Money tracks contributions in state politics which can then influence politics on the national level. It also makes donating online possible.
(in the Library) or
the Library) has magazines and newspaper articles from 1980 to now.
See our collection of books, talking books, and DVDs on voting and elections.
More online resources are available on our Electronic Resources pages.