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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.

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…

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?

Virginia Campaign Finance Website,

Virginia State Board of Elections

This website offers government-mandated disclosure information for campaign finance contributions to candidates for Virginia state and local elections. Members of the public can view sometimes-surprising information about who made large contributions to Virginia candidates and political committees. PACs range from the Cigar Association of Virginia to the Virginia Taxicab Association. This website raises questions about the role of PACs and campaign finance, and can lead to discussions of these issues.

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.

Is The Internet a Viable Threat to Representative Democracy?,

David M. Thompson

In this article, lawyer David M. Thompson examines the impact of the internet on the voting process. He analyzes the principles behind the Greek definition of "representative democracy" in light of new technology. In arguments ranging from an…