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SSC260: Politics 2021 (Loggains): Elections, Issues, Presidents

Historical Information about Elections

Voter Information

Campaign Finance, Ethics, & Voting Initiatives

 

Research About Voters


  • Green Papers Warehouse of facts and figures related to the American political process.
  • Center for Voting and Democracy  - Supports & advocates for fair elections, access, and representation.
  • rasmussenreports -  Provides a variety of updated polling information related to the political process,as well as, election and lifestyle issues.
  • Pew Research Center - Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.
  • Voter Participation Center -  The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a research-driven, non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the participation of unmarried women and other historically underrepresented groups in our democracy. The mission of the VPC is to boost the civic engagement of unmarried women (women who are single, widowed, divorced or separated), people of color and millennials—the three demographic groups who comprise the Rising American Electorate (RAE). These Americans make up 56.7% of the voting-eligible population and are responsible for almost all of the U.S. population growth in recent years, but were only about 48% of the electorate in 2012 and 45% in 2014.

Campaign Finance

  • CampaignMoney.com - "CampaignMoney.com is a unique website that lets you see for yourself the hidden world of American political campaigns."
  • MapLight.org  -  Non-partisan provides transparency to concerns on the influence of money on politics.
  • Opensecrets.org -  Sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics and dedicated to educating the public about campaign finances.
  • Federal Election Commission  - Provides information on elections, voter turnout, and campaign finance.
  • Follow the Money -"The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org."
  • Non- Profit Vote -  Nonprofits have a special role to play in increasing voter turnout.

Ethics

  • Crew -Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -  Mission of CREW " we work to ensure government officials - regardless of party affiliation- act with honesty and integrity and merit the public trust."
  • Fair Elections - Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform organization which works to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies.
  • Brennan Center for Justice - "The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – our country's systems of democracy and justice."
  • More Soft Money Hard Law - (Blog) - Developed by Bob Bauer, this site is reports and comments on developments in the regulation of the political process—and related topics.

Voting Inititatives

  • Fair Elections Legal Network - The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan voting rights, legal support and election reform organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies. FELN works to improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform as well as provide legal and technical assistance to voter mobilization organizations.
  • All in Challenge - Preparing graduates for their public lives as citizens, members of communities, and professionals in society has historically been a responsibility of higher education. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge recognizes those postsecondary campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens. It also awards exemplary efforts in these same areas.
  • Campus Vote Project  - Campus Vote Project helps colleges and universities institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
  • Student PIRGS - Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), organizes college students to solve some of the world's most pressing public interest problems.
  • Everyday Democracy - Everyday Democracy has carried out and studied the process of bringing diverse people together for more than 25 years. Our Dialogue to Change process offers an adaptable approach to community engagement, with a racial equity lens, that is grounded in years of experience and learning with communities throughout the U.S.

 

Candidates & Issues

Presidential Debates

American Presidency Project