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

Vote.org 

  • 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

Vote411.org

Check your registration, register to vote, find out what's on your ballot, and research candidates

BallotReady

View sample ballots and information on candidates running in your district.

On The Issues

"[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."

 

Vote Smart

Offers extensive information about politicians' bios, votes, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding.

Ballotpedia

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. 

Vote USA

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."

RealClear Politics

Useful for polling data and features a range of articles on various candidates and policy subjects.

 

Websites for students and young voters

Best Colleges Voting Toolbox

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.

Campus Vote Project

An organization providing information for student voters, including state-specific voting guides which clarify how state registration guidelines relate to students.

Voting rights organizations

FairVote

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

USAGOV

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:

How Voters Decide

Political Campaigns 

Election Basics  

Political Ideology

Political Parties

Partisan organizations

Brennan Center for Justice 

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

NPR

The site has a good portal to their stories about voting.  

United States Election Project

The website features voter turnout demographics.

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