Electoral Politics
Bessie Chin Library Site Index

California elections
general election sites
general government sites
history of elections
political parties
political cartoons

General Sites
Race for the White House 2008 - http://www.P2008.org
Coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, including candidates and their campaigns, media coverage, political parties, interest groups, and voting. Features background and analysis for the pre-campaign and pre-primary periods, primaries in specific states, conventions, debates, and other topics related to the elections. From Democracy in Action, a "nonpartisan, nonprofit effort dedicated to educating citizens about the political process and their role in making it work."
Campaign Line - http://www.campaignline.com/
Online version of Congressional Quarterly's Campaigns & Elections magazine. Although you won't be able to access many of the articles without a subscription, there are some interesting links to political sites from this page.
Who Should You Vote For? - http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/
This site provides you with a simple tool to see how closely the main candidates' views match your own. WSYVF is not funded by or linked to any political party or interest group.
FiveThirtyEight.com - http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/
The self-stated mission of this site is "to accumulate and analyze polling and political data in way that is informed, accurate and attractive. Most narrowly, to give you the best possible objective assessment of the likely outcome of upcoming elections." The site is named for number of votes possible in the electoral college.
On the Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue - http://www.ontheissues.org/
Presents positions on major issues for major federal and state offices, such as president and governor. Browse by candidate or issue, or search. In addition to opinions and quotes on issues, the site includes biographies of each candidate, charts showing the candidates' position on issues, links to candidates' Web sites, and election schedules. (LII)
Project Vote Smart - http://www.vote-smart.org/
This page is sponsored by Project Vote Smart, which says it seeks to provide "a one-stop shopping center for political information....Project Vote Smart is a voter's self-defense system that provides voters with factual information on candidates and elected officials." At this site link to Political Parties, which has links to information about a wide variety of U.S. political parties, large and small.
Moving Ideas.Org - http://www.movingideas.org/
"Moving Ideas is a network of over 250 nonprofit organizations at the forefront of progressive policy and advocacy work, and like Care2.com, links nonprofits with the public as a resource for education and direct action.  Through syndicating content from nonprofit groups and aggregating the latest news, policy reports, action alerts, and even jobs and events by searchable categories, Moving Ideas enables civic-minded people to help make the world better, and nonprofits connect with those people more efficiently."
All Politics.com - http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/
Maintained by CNN Online & Time, this is a resource center for current political news.
The American Prospect Online - http://www.prospect.org/web/index.ww
This is the online version of an independent political magazine which "generally reflects moral and political commitments that are broadly identified with the liberal and progressive traditions in America."
Election 2008 - http://www.uiowa.edu/election
Iowa hosts one of the earliest primaries. This page, hosted by the University of Iowa, gives insight into both the local and national political situation.
Election Websites - http://www.pc.maricopa.edu/departments/library/internet/webliographies/elections.html
The Phoenix (Ariz.) College Library provides links to election Web sites. Topics include: political parties, polls, voter services, political news, and Congressional districts.
Ron Gunzburger's Politics1.com - http://www.politics1.com/p2008.htm
This site features a directory of links to candidate, and party Web sites for all candidates, even the most obscure and those who are "not running!"
Election Central 2008 - http://www.cyberlearning-world.com/election2008/
Links and lesson plans related to the 2008 Presidential election from the CyberLearningWorld site.
Open Secrets - http://www.opensecrets.org/
The Center for Responsive Politics produces this site which tracks campaign finance practices of various groups and industries. "The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center’s work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government."
The Public Agenda - http://www.publicagenda.org
"Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization .... The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to: Help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues.... [and] Help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions. Links are provided to "issue guides" on the following issues: Abortion; America's Global Role; Campaign Finance; Child Care; Crime; the Economy; Education; The Environment; The Family; the Federal Budget; Gay Rights; Health Care; Illegal Drugs; Immigration; Internet Speech/Privacy; Medical Research; Medicare; Poverty and Welfare; Race; Right to Die; and Social Security.
Yahoo! Politics - http://politics.yahoo.com/
Part of Yahoo! News, this page has links to new stories about federal and state governments issues and elections.

Political Parties

Democratic Party - http://www.democrats.org/
The official Web site of the Democratic National Committee, this page has information on the policies and platform of the party. Click on "About the DNC" to get to party charter and bylaws, history, and platform. "On the Issues" gives the party's mission and links to the platform and various Democratic governors' "State of the state" messages.
Green Party - http://www.greenparty.org/
The official Web site of the Greens/Green Party USA, this page has information on the policies and platform of the party. Links are provided to "Program" and "Platform" for the stands of this party on the various national issues.
Republican Party - http://www.rnc.org/
The official Web site of the Republican National Committee, this page has information on the policies and platform of the party. Click on "About Our Party" to get to party history, rules, and platform.
California Elections
California Lobbyist Directory - http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Lobbying/
The Directory of Lobbyists, Lobbying Firms, and Lobbyist Employers is published by the Secretary of State as required by Government Code Section 86109. The Directory's contents reflect information contained in lobbying registration documents filed with the Secretary of State.
California Voting and Elections - http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections.htm
View legislative and congressional district maps for California. Learn about elections, candidates, parties and PACS including financial information and voting statistics; download the National Mail Voter Registration Form to register to vote from anywhere in the U.S. The following sites give information about specific elections since 1996.
Smart Voter: California - http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/state/
The League of Women Voters of California sponsors this site, part of Smart Voter, which gives information on the candidates and issues of the current election.

Election History

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2004 - http://livingroomcandidate.movingimage.us/
 This exhibition presents "more than 250 television commercials from every election year beginning in 1952, when the first campaign ads aired." Browse the commercials by election year, type of commercial (such as "Real People"), or issue (such as taxes). Includes background information on each election, candidate profiles, and election results. "The Desktop Candidate" discusses the role of the Internet in political campaigns. Searchable. From the American Museum of the Moving Image. (LII