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For more about the upcoming 2014 elections visit www.us.gov
Here you will find information about registering to vote in your home state and polling locations. This site is a great starting point in your search for additional information and resources.
Find information on registering to vote. Find out if you are registered to vote. Locate your polling station. And much more. CanIVote.org is a great resource and a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for anyone needing more information about voting.
This online tool takes your income, marital status, age, ZIP code and number of family members and crunches that data to show you the exact dollar amount a presidential candidate’s policies would have on your bank account.
The national newspaper of record offers a free app for your smartphone that will keep you updated and in the know. The New York Times, although some argue has a more liberal stance, is a good read and will give you solid information about national events and international news.
Although some argue has a more conservative stance, the Wall Street Journal will give you solid business and economic information about national and international events.
This mobile site (beta) gathers news articles from 50,000 sources to bring you news about the political topics you care about. You select an account with topics that you want to follow and Politix generates the information.
Watch campaign commercials, videos, and news coverage of the day. This is free and user-friendly.
If you find yourself abroad or unable to get to your polling place on primary or election day you will most certainly want to visit LiveBallot (built on Windows Azure). Please note you have to process your request 45 days prior to an election day.
Democracy blends with social networking in this new web tool. Use your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts to find friends who are registered to vote and interact with them about elections you can impact. You can also stump for candidates you like and unite with your social connections to spread the word about your candidate.
With this simple game you can decide which presidential horse you're backing in a few minutes while you're riding the bus or killing time between classes. As you answer whether you agree, disagree, or have no opinion about 14 statements on the issues, a drawing of the candidate you agree with the most will overtake a drawing of his opponent's face, giving you a clear visual on the man for you.
If lower taxes, less government, and more freedom are things that appeal to you, then you've got a friend in FreedomWorks. When it comes time to vote for your Congressional representatives in November, take advantage of the report cards FreedomWorks has compiled on every House Representative and Senator in the country. It's an easy way to check how they've been voting (and if they've been voting at all, for that matter).
This website has a number of cool tools and resources for the politically curious. There's a presidential candidate quiz with 39 questions, including some fun ones like should weed be legalized and whether you believe in evolution. An interactive map of all 50 states is also a cool resource for seeing which candidates your state sides with as a whole and where your state ranks the issues. (Just bear in mind this is an Internet poll, which may skew the results toward the young and tech-savvy.)
You've probably heard of Factcheck.org, the nonpartisan website that cuts through the hype to expose politicians' white lies and exaggerations. Frankly it can get a little dry. Try skipping over to its sister site, Flackcheck.org, for the lighter side of D.C. deception. You'll find entertaining videos under categories like "They Said What?!" and "Taking Down the Worst."
Unless you've managed to completely tune out every bit of election news until you turned 18, you will have heard of Super Political Action Committees, or Super PACs. But you may not have known what they are. They may sound cool, like the Justice League of politics, but they're more like the giant mole on the face of democracy. Research group OpenSecrets maintains a database on the biggest ones in the country and the absolutely ungodly amount of money they've spent in this election cycle.
This one ranks lower on the scale of usefulness but scores higher for entertainment value. Politwoops tracks and reproduces for your amusement tweets that politicians post then delete, sometimes clearly as a result of scolding from an aide or PR rep. Some of the better ones of late include "i hate math but im so good at it" and "Cream soda is life. The rest is details."
The name refers to the number of electoral college votes it takes to win the White House, a part of the election process that confuses even veteran voters. The interactive U.S. map shows you the expert predictions of how each state will vote and gives you the ability to revise it with your own prognostications and share your map with your friends. A slick bonus feature is the ability to map every single Electoral College result since 1789.
Curious to see if it's just your friends who won't shut up about this candidate or that one on their Facebook updates? CNN has teamed up with the social networking site to track by gender, age, and state how often each presidential candidate and each running mate is being mentioned each day.
Yes, this campaign is so desperate that it ends up being about as cool as D.A.R.E. was. However, the "Election Center" tab does have some good info for you, like common questions about voting as a student, absentee voting, and voting as a felon (hopefully that doesn't apply). So at least check it out and make Jane Lynch happy.
If you're a young Hispanic voter, you may be surprised at what you find by playing around with this online tool. Use sliders to estimate the percent of Latino voter turnout and the percent voting Republican to get an immediate visual of how the election would be affected by different scenarios.
Maybe you're all ready to vote like a responsible young citizen, but you aren't exactly sure where you stand on some of the more obscure issues like mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. Non-profit site ProCon.org presents all 2016 presidential candidates' stances in their own words, so that you can both form your own opinion and see how the last two candidates in the race match up with you.
The technology geeks out there will already be familiar with this page's sister site, Techmeme. Memeorandum has the same text-heavy layout of the gadget news site, which is a bit of a minus, but the time you'll save by having all the election news you need smartly categorized into one place is a major plus.
Young or old, something every voter is concerned with is the old pocketbook. This tool takes some personal info like your age, marital status, and zip code and estimates what each candidates' policies would cost you financially. Don't like what you find? You can make political contributions through the site as well — consider it an investment in your future.
Politix takes election news aggregating one step further by letting you filter the news that's important to you by candidate, location, or issue. There are also apps for iPhones and Android users so you can read news on the go.
For the nitty gritty of actually casting your vote, Smart Voter is the best online resource. You can find your nearest election center, see a copy of exactly what your ballot will look like, and even get tips on how to watch debates and make your choices.
Stay informed and be sure to get out and vote. Regardless of what party you support or where you stand on the issues of the day, we encourage each and everyone of you to go out and vote in the Fall 2014 elections. Your vote matters. Make it count and get out to vote!!!
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