It’s that time again! Fall is here and that means Election Day (November 2nd) is around the corner. While candidates are busy giving speeches, filming commercials, and making appearances, the American public is also busy deciding whom to vote for. The ipl2 has created a special collection of election and voting resources to assist voters in this important democratic mission.
Special Collections – Election and Voting Resources
Included in this collection are the following three websites.
One way to get up to date information on elections across the nation is through Project Vote Smart. Their interactive project, VoteEasy, provides a unique view of the issues and snapshots of the candidates in your area.
Project Vote Smart
Information for voters on political leaders, their positions on issues, and campaign finance, and encourages active participation in democratic processes through voting.
If you are having trouble deciphering political television ads and campaign statements, FactCheck.org can help you sort the fact from the fiction.
Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania puts out this website to monitor the factual accuracy of statements made by and advertisements on behalf of major U.S. polictical figures.
To get an overall look at U.S. public policy, as well as international politics, the Brookings Institution presents extensive research and commentary from world-renowned experts in academia and government.
Elections – Brookings Institution
“The Brookings Institution is the nation’s oldest think tank. A private, independent, nonprofit research organization, Brookings seeks to improve the performance of American institutions, the effectiveness of government programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies. It addresses current and emerging policy challenges and offers practical recommendations for dealing with them, expressed in language that is accessible to policy makers and the general public alike.” This site has information about current affairs that are being researched. It has information about current research programs in Economics, Foreign Policy and Governmental. This also has selected articles from The Brookings Review and information about fellowships and Internships.
Making an informed decision can be difficult when there is so much information out there. By selecting websites that are authoritative, accurate, and diverse, the ipl2 hopes to make it easier for voters this election season.