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Why I'm Supporting Senator Deeds for Governor,

Charlottesville Mayor David Brown

This document is a letter from the Mayor of Charlottesville explaining his support for Creigh Deeds' gubernatorial campaign. Although the letter is adressed to "John," the true audience was wider than an individual. Senator Deeds' campaign website…

The Gerry-Mander,

Elkanah Tisdale

In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. Although Governor Elbridge Gerry had only reluctantly signed the law, a…

Voter Turnout, 1948-2004,

American National Election Studies

The above graph of voter turnout from 1948 to 2004 shows interesting an interesting, up-and-down trend, which raises important questions. How does voter turnout correspond to presidential versus non-presidential elections? Are some elections more…

PAC Donations to Jim Gilmore's 2008 Senatorial Campaign,

Federal Election Commission

This Federal Election Commission report of PAC donations to 2008 Senate candidate Jim Gilmore reveal some of the sources for campaign funding. Why did Bank of America PAC contribute to Gilmore's campaign? What is the purpose of the Bluegrass…

Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008,

Mark Warner for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Warner compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Jim Gilmore to…

C-SPAN: The History of the Electoral College,

C-SPAN, Don Ritchie

In this short video, Senate Historian Don Ritchie discusses the history of the electoral college. Today, many people question the usefulness and design of the electoral college system, particularly after the controversy during the 2000 elections.…

C-SPAN: Voter Focus Groups,

C-SPAN, Peter Hart

In this video, Democratic pollster Peter Hart discusses the importance of voter focus groups in understanding an election. As he puts it, to make sense of an election, "You have to understand as…

Rock the Vote: What's your excuse?,

UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association

Voting is every citizen's right, responsibility, and civic duty. Yet many people don't vote, for any number of reasons. In this "Rock the Vote" video, UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association addresses why many people say they don't vote.

About the Republican Party of Virginia,

Jeff Frederick, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

A brief excerpt from the Republican Party of Virginia's website offers a glimpse of how the modern two-party political system works. Written in the context of the…

Voters' Rights and Responsibilities,

Virginia State Board of Elections

Every Virginia voter has specific rights and responsibilities guaranteed by the state. These rights and responsibilities are posted on the walls surrounding all polling places during every election.

Why do citizens have "rights and…