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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.

Pat Edmonson JJ Video,

patforvirginia

In this campaign ad, candidate Pat Edmondson has an interesting spin on the economic issues the government faces. Edmondson, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, takes her campaign staff to a soup kitchen to emphasize the need for economic aid for…

Mike Signer for Lieutenant Governor: "Wait Around",

MikeSignerforLG

Mike Signer, one Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, tries to redefine the role of the Lieutenant Governor in his campaign ad. As he describes it, many people think the Lieutenant Governor only "waits around" for something to happen to the…

Taking on the Systems that are Failing Working Virginians,

Mike Signer

In this press release, Democrat Mike Signer announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the 2009 election. Signer raises issues he plans to address during his campaign.

How do political parties organize to win elections? How do…

Muldoon Announces for Lieutenant Governor, Calls Candidacy a 'Choice, not an Echo',

Steve Waters

In this press release, Republican Patrick Muldoon announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the 2009 election. Muldoon raises issues he plans to address during his campaign. He also makes reference to his opponent in the primaries, incumbent…

Virginia Public Access Project,

VPAP

The Virginia Public Access Project is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which strives to provide information to the public about Virginia campaign donations through computer technology. Their website offers maps of where legislator’s donations come from, the size of their donations, and lists of contributors. There is also information on lobbyists, donors, vendors, and committees. In addition to using the wealth of information on this site, students may benefit from comparing it to the Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Website. How does a private group’s portrayal of campaign financing differ from the government website?

Rock the Vote,

Rock the Vote

Founded nearly twenty years ago, Rock the Vote works to involve students in the electoral process through many methods, including contemporary music, with artists ranging from Madonna to Snoop Dogg. There are also guides to voter registration campaigns, and even a Twitter feed. In addition, the website offers guides on how to mobilize young voters. Rock the Vote has remarkably flexible materials to involve youth in the electoral process at the state, national, or local level.

Facts and History - Governors,

This simple resource offers the names, dates served, and party affiliations of Virginia's governors from 1776 to 2006. If read carefully, the data reveals clues to Virginia's political leanings.

What are some trends in the party…