Voting and Elections
Be a smart voter. Links to voter education sites.
- e-democracy: United States
- The goal is to improve voter participation. Includes information about current and upcoming elections. Sponsored by Minnesota E-Democracy.
- This "nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer advocate" site monitors the factual accuracy of statements from major U.S. political figures. The site is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Follow the Money
- Tracks political contributions in all 50 states. Published by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
- League of Women Voters
- The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which works to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels. The site includes information about contemporary issues such as campaign finance reform, clean air and the Voting Rights Act
- League of Women Voters of Iowa
- The League in Iowa’s aim is to ensure citizens are informed about issues and prepared to play their part in community building and government. Through candidate debates, issue forums, community dialogues, on-line discussions and more, the League helps Americans arrive at answers to issues of local, regional, state, and national concern.
- New Voters Project
- Dedicated to encouraging newly eligible voters to get involved in the election process and to vote
- Information from the Federal Election Commission about campaign contributions to Congress, the political parties, and the presidential campaigns - provided by The Center for Responsive Politics
- The Polling Report
- An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
- Project Vote Smart
- Information on political issues, campaigns, and candidates, including voting records for both federal and state officials. Identify your representatives by entering your zip code. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.
- Voter Information / First Time Voters
- Information on how and where to register to vote in Iowa, where to vote and how to find your precinct, absentee voting. From the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.
- A Starting Point is a video-based civic engagement platform created by Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, and technology entrepreneur Joe Kiani. ASP’s mission is to create a bipartisan channel of communication and connectivity between Americans and their elected officials with the goal of creating a more informed electorate
Voter registration information
A USA.gov website that lets you determine whether you are eligible to vote, deadlines for registering, and ID requirements for registering.
Researching election candidates
This USA.gov website gives an overview on how to learn more about candidates during an election.
How to Vote
This website covers information on absentee voting, early voting, and voting on Election Day.