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Election: Resources to Vote

This guide is to help Guilford student connect to resources they need to knowledgeably cast their ballots in U.S. elections, including methods to vote locally or by absentee ballot and how to find reliable information about candidates.

Useful Resources

Within the VoteSmart website you can find Voting records and positions they have taken on issues (Political Courage Test), search for a politician's name to find biographical and contact Information for them, campaign funding, and which groups have endorsed them.

Election Data

270 To Win:  http://www.270towin.com/
This website focuses on the electoral college voting process.  You can view the current predictions, view potential results by choosing which candidate will win which state, explore past election results, and much more.  The website also includes sections on Senate, House, and gubernatorial races around the country.  You can also view voting trends by state.

Historical Statistics of the United States (link to campus database - requires campus log in if off campus)
The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.

Public Opinion Data

Census:  http://www.census.gov/

Polling the Nations:  http://www.orspub.com/

SimplyMap:  http://www.simplymap.com/login.html

  • Requires creating a free account.

The World Factbook:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

LexisNexic Academic:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?

ProQuest Political Science:  http://www.nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?rsrc=318

Campaign Finance

2020 Presidential Election Campaign Finance from the Federal Election Commission

2020 Presidential Race from OpenSecrets.org, the Center for Responsive Politics