Photo from the New Orleans branch of the NAACP
Election time is coming down to the wire! Still confused? Try some of these great resources to help you be aware and informed. Don’t forget to register and VOTE!
The ECC Library has created a Voting 2016 Research Guide devoted to the upcoming elections. This guide provides a one-stop place to access voting information, polling places, elected officials, and more. Some of the sites included are listed below.
VoteSmart: Their mission says it all: “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”
OpenSecrets: A nonpartisan guide that traces how money influences America’s elections and policies.
PolitiFact: Statements are examined by reporters and researchers and given the Truth-O-Meter test. A nice place to see who is stretching the truth, or telling lies, and how.
FactCheck: From their mission statement: to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
PolicyMap: This open part of their subscription services allows users to map data all over the country on topics such as housing, economy, education, health, and more.
(you will need your library card activated to use the databases off campus)
CQ Researcher: This database covers a lot of information: current and historical. It provides in depth reports on important issues and is a great place to go for a good compilation of facts on a topic.
Opposing Viewpoints: Covers controversial topics and gives you the pro/con to each side of the debate.
U.S. Election information
U.S. Election Commission: Provides information on the upcoming elections, including voter registration information.
C-SPAN video library: Watch videos related to various C-SPAN programs, including a special Campaign 2016 section.
Can I Vote?: This site will quickly tell you if you are registered to vote, or what you need to become a registered voter.
Ballotopedia: A free online encyclopedia of American Politics.
Local voting information
Kane County Elections
Cook County Elections
Voting information outside of Kane and Cook Counties:
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian