PATH: Janda's Favorite URLs > Political Parties & Elections

URLs updated September 5, 2011

U.S. Parties
Democratic sites
The Democratic National Committee is the hip, Internet label for the official site of the DNC. It offers daily news updates, policy analysis, links, email updates and opportunities to participate in the political process.
The Democratic Governors' Association
Founded in 1983, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) is an independent voluntary political organization organized to support Democratic governors and candidates across the nation.
Republican sites
Republican National Committee is the hip, Internet label for the official site of the RNC. Go to the "leadership link to learn about party organization.
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
"The National Federation of Republican Assemblies is a grassroots movement to take back the Republican Party for the vast and disenfranchised majority of its members:  Reagan conservatives, who believe in small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life, and a decent America.
In short, we are the Republican Wing of the Republican Party."
Third parties
Libertarian Party
"The Party of Principle" campaigns on "Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom." Note the similarities between its quiz, asking "Are you a Libertarian?" and the IDEAlog quiz by Janda and Goldman that accompanies The Challenge of Democracy at Read about the origins of IDEAlog on its home page to see the connection between the two quizzes.
Official Reform Party Home Page
The Reform Party grew out of Ross Perot's presidential campaign in 1992. "When someone talks about the Reform Party USA, they generally mean the Reform Party National Committee.  There are four levels of national organization to the Reform Party." This site describes the four levels.
The Natural Law Party of the USA
The national headquarters of the Natural Law Party have closed effective on April 30, 2004.." This site tells how to contact state Natural Law Party headquarters and describes the close of the national offices.
Green Party
"The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties. Committed to ecology, social justice grassroots democracy and non-violence, Greens are renewing democracy in the United States through community-based organizing without the support of corporate donors."
Constitution Party
"We declare the platform of the Constitution Party to be predicated on the principles of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights. According to the original intent of the Founding Fathers, these founding documents are the foundation of our Liberty and the Supreme Law of the Land. The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator. When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromised."
The Green Papers: Monitoring U.S. Elections
An extraordinarily useful nonpartisan source about candidates running and votes cast in American primary and general elections on a state-by-state basis.
Ballot Access News
Painstakingly compiled by Richard Winger, BAN focuses on state laws concerning how candidates and parties get on the ballot. But BAN also publishes very useful tables on candidates, parties, and votes in statewide and national elections.
Presidential Election Analysis
Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball
"A comprehensive website run by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball features detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country. The Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every Senate and gubernatorial race, as well as the tightest campaigns for the House."
Prof. Avi Bass's guide to web sites
Northern Illinois Univeristy professor provides links to sources for the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections.
Electoral College-Home Page
Official site of the National Archives: "The Electoral College, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is not a place. It is a process that began as part of the original design of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote. The people of the United States vote for the electors who then vote for the President. Read more about how the terms "Elector" and "Electoral College" came into usage."
History of Presidential Elections
"This part of our site provides the history of each Presidential election. We present both the popular and electoral votes in each election, as well as states won, issues in the election and turnout."
Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
"The Atlas is a free internet resource providing results of U.S. Presidential Elections to the world community. Data is collected from many official sources and presented here in one convenient location. Site membership is now available for those individuals or groups."
History of Presidential Debates
Offers video and commentary on presidential debates since the 1960 television debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Fair's Presidential Vote Equation
A well-known attempt by Economics Professor Ray Fair at Yale to predict presidential elections using a statistical formula involving the Democratic share of the two party vote in the previous election, real growth in GDP per capita, and other economic indicators.
Presidential Elections from 1860-1912
Features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly and other sources and offers political commentary of the day.
Election Campaigns and Campaigning
ABC's The Note
This site is the place that political reporters and junkies turn for the nuts-and-bolts information they need to plan their C-Span viewing -- or to find out when a presidential candidate is coming to town.
Annenberg Political Fact Check
Housed at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, Fact Check strives to reinforce the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's conviction: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."
Talking Points Memo
TPM is a Web-based news organization that focuses on breaking news, original reporting and investigative journalism,. It is a must-read for DC insiders and the media who cover them.
The Daily Beast
"The Daily Beast was founded in 2008 as the vision of Tina Brown and IAC Chairman Barry Diller. Curated to avoid information overload, the site is dedicated to breaking news and sharp commentary. After the merger, The Daily Beast became the online home of Newsweek Magazine, which has served as the world's preeminent conversation starter since its founding in 1933."
Election Campaigns and Campaigning--General
Campaigns and Elections
Magazine for campaign professionals. It has stories about polling, strategy, etc.
Mandate Media
"We are an internet strategy, services, and advertising firm specializing in progressive political candidates and advocacy organizations. We are a small, boutique firm who aggressively advocates for our clients and provides top-notch customer service. We are smart, happy, and fast."
Designing Campaign Websites
"Whether you looking for a political action or election campaign site your sure to find a template here. A wide range of patriotic themes are among our selections. All web templates, website templates, flash templates are completely customizable and ready for immediate download. Our website templates are a website design coded and sliced in HTML with its source files in PSD format (Adobe Photoshop)."
National Journal's Daily Briefing on Politics
National Journal properties include, National Journal, National Journal Daily, and National Journal Hotline. This is a respected source of news on national politics.
General Election Analysis
InfoPlease on U.S. Elections
A handy and wide-ranging compilation of Internet links concerning elections and voting.
Public Broadcasting on Elections
Compiled for the 2004 and 2008 elections and probably will be updated for teh 2012 presidential election.
Election Aministration
Electoral Knowledge Network
"The ACE website is an online knowledge repository that provides comprehensive information and customised advice on electoral processes. The website  contains  in-depth articles, global statistics and data, an Encyclopaedia of Elections, information on electoral assistance, observation and professional development, region- and country-specific resources, daily electoral news, an election calendar, quizzes, expert networks and much, much more."
National Commission on Federal Election Reform
"The Commission's final report modeled for important measures in the Help America Vote Act. Our current work in this area focuses on the promises and potential pitfalls of future elections, and on what that means for our democratic process."
Ballot Access News
Painstakingly compiled by Richard Winger, BAN focuses on state laws concerning how candidates and parties get on the ballot. But BAN also publishes very useful tables on candidates, parties, and votes in statewide and national elections.
Election Data Services
"Election Data Services Inc. is a political consulting firm specializing in redistricting, election administration, and the analysis and presentation of census and political data. Election Data Services was founded in 1977 and over the past 30 years has developed a variety of consulting services and political information products for businesses, associations, and governmental organizations."
Design for Democracy
"Established in 1998, AIGA Design for Democracy applies design tools and thinking to increase civic participation by making interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens more understandable, efficient and trustworthy. Independent, pragmatic and committed to the public good, Design for Democracy collaborates with researchers, designers and policy-makers in service of public sector clients and AIGA's goal of "demonstrating the value of design by doing valuable things."
Political Socialization
"Political socialization of 14-year olds
The IEA Civic Education Study tested and surveyed nationally representative samples consisting of 90,000 14-year-old students in 28 countries, and 50,000 17- to 19-year-old students in 16 countries throughout 1999 and 2000. Questionnaires were also administered to teachers and school principals. The content domains covered in the instrument were identified through national case studies during 1996-1997 and included democracy, national identity, and social cohesion and diversity.
What Young People Know
"NACE was launched in 2000 and now has more than 200 group and individual members committed to advancing civic knowledge and engagement. NACE believes the time has come to band together to ensure that the next generation of citizens understands and values democracy and participates in the ongoing work of building democracy in America"
Constitutional Rights Foundation - Chicago
"The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and commitment to the rule of law among young people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, CRFC is a national leader in the design and implementation of quality law-related education (LRE) programs for local, national, and international projects. CRFC was founded in 1974 as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 1990."
New Voting Technology
National Initiative for Democracy
"The National Initiative for Democracy is a proposal which will permit citizens to make laws by ballot initiative. Creates a ballot initiative process at all levels of government including at the federal level. Becomes a new check in our system of checks and balances"
Verified Voting: Problems with eVoting
Champions reliable and publicly verifiable elections in the United States. Promotes paper trail for electroic voting.
Political Participation
Initiative & Referendum Institute
Most complete source of information on use of initiatives and referenda to make policy in American states.
Welcome to the Activist + Researcher Network
"These web pages will be used to provide information on a new activist + research network devoted to community communications systems."
" builds online public space in the heart of real democracy and community. Our mission is to harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy."

Rock the Vote

"Over the last two decades, Rock the Vote has registered more young people to vote than any other organization or campaign, and we intend to register and turn out millions more in years to come &endash; and to be the best-informed place online where young people can find out what they need to know before casting a ballot."
Vote Smart Web
Uses comptuer technology to help voters find candidates who share their opinions.
Move On
"The MoveOn family of organizations is made up of a couple of different pieces. Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, formerly known just as, primarily focuses on education and advocacy on important national issues. Political Action, a federal PAC, formerly known as MoveOn PAC, mobilizes people across the country to fight important battles in Congress and help elect candidates who reflect our values." MoveOn backs liberal candidates and causes.
Used heavily in campaigns during the 2000s to organize political meetings.
eGovernment Experience
"This section is dedicated to the analysis of success and failure in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in governmental activities."
Future of E-Democracy
A speech on the topic: A 50-Year Plan.
Public Strategies for the Online World
"I coined the term "e-democracy" in 1994, or using current buzzwords … I work with the use of social media for citizen engagement, public participation, transparency, Government 2.0 and related topics."
Pew Internet and American Life
A decade of surveys on social networking sites.
The Center for Voting and Democracy
"FairVote acts to transform our elections to achieve secure access to participation for all, a full spectrum of meaningful ballot choices and majority rule with fair representation. As a catalyst for change, we build support for innovative strategies to win a constitutionally protected right to vote, universal voter registration, a national popular vote for president, instant runoff voting and proportional voting."
Voter Information Services
"VIS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. VIS does not support or oppose any politician, advocacy group, or issue. Our goal is to help interested citizens learn about the effects of the federal laws enacted (or not enacted) by the U.S. Congress on our everyday lives, and the role of the individual members of Congress in the legislative process."
Select Smart (for choosing candidates)
This site focuses on the 2012 presidential election.
2012 Presidential Candidate Sites
All Candidates
2012 lists them all.
Michele Bachmann - Herman Cain - Newt Gingrich - Jon Huntsman - Ron Paul - Rick Perry - Mitt Romney
Barack Obama
Campaign Finance
Campaign Finance Institute
"CFI has been known for its timely analyses of fundraising by candidates and political parties, Innovative studies on the variety of ways in which interest groups spend money politically;
EMILY's List: A Political Network for Pro-Choice Democratic Women
"A community of progressive Americans dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office. EMILY's List members believe that the power of women as candidates, as contributors, as campaign professionals, and as voters can bring about great change in our country."
FEC Campaign Finance Reports
Search the FEC database for candidates, PACs, and party receipts and spending.
Money and Politics: The CATO Institute
An important source on money in politics from a libertarian think tank.