Resources for Students
Reliable resources to learn about the voting process and to research candidates. Some of these sites are designed especially for college students.
How to register and cast a ballot
Check your registration
Register to vote
Get your absentee ballot
Sign up for election reminders
Locate information specific to your state, including:
Early voting guidelines
Voter ID requirements
How to locate your polling place
Sites for researching candidates
Check your registration, register to vote, find out what's on your ballot, and research candidates
View sample ballots and information on candidates running in your district.
"[Their] mission is to provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity."
Offers extensive information about politicians' bios, votes, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding.
This "encyclopedia of American politics" is a comprehensive collection of resources about government, politics, public policy, and individual elections. It offers a thorough orientation to the branches of government, voting regulations, as well as a summary of major policy issues.
This site "seek[s] to inform and educate voters by producing and posting comprehensive non-partisan voter information covering national and state elections and some local elections."
Useful for polling data and features a range of articles on various candidates and policy subjects.
Websites for students and young voters
Comprehensive list of resources to empower student voters. It offers an orientation to the voting process, including a summary of relevant campaign issues and where different political parties stand on these issues.
An organization providing information for student voters, including state-specific voting guides which clarify how state registration guidelines relate to students.
Voting rights organizations
The organization"is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans" and offers data and research on information such as polarization, gerrymandering, and unfair representation.
2020 Election information
teaches a clear, basic overview of "the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.
Basics about American government
The "Crash Course in American Government" videos are lively and engaging introductions to various subjects in less than 10 minutes. Here are a few relevant episodes:
The Center describes itself as"at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen." The website offers research on a range of issues, including voter fraud, voting machines, and voting rights.
Articles for student research on voting
The site has a good portal to their stories about voting.
The website features voter turnout demographics.