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NVTC TechPAC Endorses Bob McDonnell for Virginia Governor,

NVTC TechPAC

This document is a press release from the Northern Virginia Technology Council's PAC explaining its support for Bob McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign. What role do PACs play in elections?

Why might the Northern Virginia Technology…

What Criteria Must Be Met for Federal Recognition of Tribal Status?
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Testimony of Theresa Rosier, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

This document contains testimony from the U.S. Office of Federal Acknowledgment regarding its criteria for federal tribal recognition. American Indian tribes who are federally recognized are eligible for additional rights and "inherent sovereignty." …

Delegate Dave Albo: A Record of Accomplishment for His Constituents & Virginia,

Dave Albo for Delegate

Dave Albo's campaign website is one example of the kind of resource one could use in understanding internet-based political campaigns. What are some of the claims that Albo makes on his website? How do these compare with assessments and information…

Greg Werkheiser, Democratic Candidate for VA House of Delegates (District 42),

Werkheiser for Delegate

Greg Werkheiser's campaign website is one example of the kind of resource one could use in understanding internet-based political campaigns. What are some of the claims that Werkheiser makes on his website? How do these compare with assessments and…

Map of Virginia’s Judicial Circuits and Districts,

Supreme Court of Virginia

This map of Virginia's judicial circuits and districts helps show the way the levels of courts in the state court system. What is the difference between a circuit and a district court? How are the courts organized, and what are their essential…

School Desegregation: A Community’s Response,

Sarah Taylor, Salem City Schools

The challenge of protecting civil rights in a democracy, the intersection between state and local government, the activity of citizens in their local school board and administration, and the role of the media in addressing controversial issues are…

What are Initiatives and Referendums?,

Rob Campbell

Currently, 24 states have some form of initiative and referendum process. Citizens can use the ballot initiative process to implement laws on their own; conversely, a referendum places an existing law to a popular vote. In this activity, students…

Virginia State Board of Elections,

Virginia State Board of Elections

The official election website of the state of Virginia includes practical information about elections, such as detailed information on when, where, and how to vote. There are also sections on what is on your ballot and an informative guide to the election process. Overall, the Virginia State Board of Elections website provides a primer on the ins-and-outs of the electoral process that can help demystify what happens at the polls.

Project Vote Smart,

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart aims to provide voters with information about key election issues, biographical information about candidates, and voting records. One of its best properties is the level of detail given to state and local elections. Visitors can search by zip code to find information about candidates in their area, go directly to Virginia’s profile page, or even find links to local election offices. Find out who your representatives are, how their votes are affecting your life, and how you can vote in your area.

Elections the American Way,

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has created an excellent resource that both explains how the electoral process works and gives a historical perspective. The website offers an overview of candidates, voters, the party system, the election process, and issues throughout U.S. history. Quotations, pictures, and memorabilia from key Virginian presidents are scattered throughout the website. This is an excellent resource for understanding how the electoral system developed, and it has instructions for presidential craft projects.