Election 2012 Resource Guide

November 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

The presidential election is right around the corner! Finally, right? But, are you still unsure about where a candidate stands on an issue important to you? Do you need to brush up on what all of these Maryland ballot questions are about? Know where to vote? Then you’ve come to the right place! To help you study up on all of the local issues and national campaigns before Tuesday, Cook librarians Shannon Simpson and Melissa D’Agostino have vetted a resource guide for all of your election needs.

Presidential Election Candidate Pages

Incumbent
Democratic National Party – http://www.democrats.org
Obama’s Campaign – http://www.barackobama.com
Main Challenger
Republic National Party – http://www.gop.com
Romney’s  Campaign – http://www.mittromney.com/
Smaller Party Challengers
Green Party – Jill Stein – http://www.gp.org/index.php
Libertarian Party – Gary Johnson – http://www.lp.org/
The list of other Third Party or Write-In Challengers can be found here: http://www.politics1.com/p2012.htm

Non-Partisan Sources for presidential election information

Commission on Presidential Debates – http://www.debates.org/   (Debate transcripts available.)
American Presidency Project from UC Santa Barbara – http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php  Newspaper endorsements from the same site http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/2012_newspaper_endorsements.php
Check out these sites for candidate truthfulness:
FactCheck – http://www.factcheck.org/
PolitiFact – http://www.politifact.com/

Understanding the Electoral College
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/

Candidates and Issues from outside their camps

Enter Your Zip Code to see information on everyone running on your ballot
Vote Smart.org – http://votesmart.org/
Public Media Information and Coverage
NPR’s “It’s All Politics” blog – http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/
PBS’s PoliticalShift tag – http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/global-view/politicalshift/
Interest Group Perspectives
League of Women Voters – http://www.lwv.org/

About the $$

See what groups are putting money towards which candidates

http://www.opensecrets.org/
http://maplight.org/

Voter Registration and Location Information

Maryland State Board of Elections – http://www.elections.state.md.us/
Maryland’s ballot - http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/04.pdf
Complete information regarding Maryland’s ballot issues – http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Maryland_2012_ballot_measures
State, Local and National ballot items - http://electful.com/
Voting Info for TU Students – http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/civicengagement/politicalengagement/voterregistrationinformation.asp
Can I Vote? Find out where and how. http://www.canivote.org/

Campus Organizations:

The Towson Civic Engagement office can answer all of your questions about voting and issues
http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/civicengagement/

On Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/TUCivicEngagement

Election season got you pumped up?  Join one of these politically affiliated Towson Student Organizations:

College Libertarians of Towson
Democracy Matters
Progressive Democrats of Towson
Towson Conservatives

Can’t get enough of those campaign ads?

Museum of the moving image has every presidential ad since 1952!
http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/

About these ads

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