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Helpful general sites relating to politics, as well as campaigns and elections, and links to political parties.


The Almanac of American Politics
NARA Staff e-mail ALIC for user name and password information. Biographical information on every member of the House and Senate, congressional district profiles, and political analysis.
The Almanac of Politics and Government
Information on U.S. and foreign governments, public officials, political parties, and economies.
All Politics
(from CNN and Time) Campaign links and up-to-the-minute political news stories.
Miller Center of Public Affairs
The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs has created a web site to support scholars and professors in the interdisciplinary study of the deep historical roots of politics in the United States.
American Political Prints, 1766-1876
(Library of Congress)
Catalogued and annotated by Bernard F. Reilly, Jr., this is a unique collection of American political cartoons, caricatures, and illustrations.
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
Offers "digital documents relative to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government" from the last four centuries.
Center for Responsive Politics
According to Choice, this site was created to "study Congress and particularly the role that money plays in its elections and actions."
History and Politics Out Loud
A searchable archive of politically significant audio files. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan State University.
National Governors Association
This site lists the current and historical state governors of the United States. It provides general biographical and term information about each governor.
Political Graveyard
"The web site that tells where the dead politicians are buried" also gives information about their lives, and about historic cemeteries.
Politics Navigator
(sponsored by the New York Times) Selective guide to political sites on the web.

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Campaigns & Elections


CNN's Campaign 2008
This site features CNN's Election Center 2008 coverage of the presidential campaign including the primaries and election results with information on the debates.
The Great Debate & Beyond: The History of Televised Presidential Debates
Created by the Museum of Broadcast Communications, this site explores the history of televised presidential debates.
Project Vote Smart
Get voter registration information and up-to-date information on the candidates in federal and state elections.


Documents in the News
(University of Michigan's Libraries) See link for 'Elections' in particular.
Federal Election Commission
Financial information about candidates, news releases, general voting help, and other online contributions.
(Vanderbilt University) From Vanderbilt's 'Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information,' this Elections page highlights official web sites related to the presidential election process.
Times on the Trail
This New York Times web site offers the most recent stories from the 2004 campaign trail. It is continuously updated, and includes multimedia news and discussion forums. It is a free site but requires registration.
League of Women Voters
This site gives information about upcoming elections and encourages active voters by making that information easily accessible.
Presidential Elections from 1860-1884
This site features cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Vanity Fair, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Puck, and the Library of Congress Collection of American Political Prints: 1766-1876. "In addition to explanations of each cartoon, the site contains biographies, explanations of the issues, campaign overviews, and other relevant information."
U.S. Electoral College
On NARA's Federal Register page, this site gives general information and electoral results and statistics.
Voter Information Services
"A tax-exempt, non-profit organization devoted to voter education. Presently, our primary focus is on publishing VIS ratings of the U.S. Congress and providing voting records of the U.S. Congress in electronic form."

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Electoral College

The Electoral College
Excerpted from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, Choosing the President - 1992. An overview of the electoral college in America.
Finding Precedent: Hayes vs. Tilden, The Electoral Controversy of 1876-1877
This web site was created primarily from Harper's Weekly as a public service to familiarize students and the general public with the historic events of the Electoral College controversy of 1876-1877.
NARA's Role in the Electoral College
From January 2001's Calendar of Events, this site offers information regarding the role that the National Archives plays in the Electoral College.
A Procedural Guide to the Electoral College
This NARA site provides an in-depth examination of the electoral college procedures, including the role of the states, the role of Congress, and the role of the National Archives.

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Parties: Democratic, Republican, and Third Parties

Democratic National Committee
The latest news, quick links, and party information.
Republican National Committee
News stories, information, and links to Republican party activities.
Turn Left
This page calls itself the "home of liberalism on the web."

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