Elections & Voter Links

Federal
  • The Smithsonian
    • History of Voting Exhibit
    • Excellent graphics and text on voting technology and practices
Vote - The Machinery of Democracy
State
  • Fair Political Practices Commission
    • Interprets and enforces political campaign, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws; online opinions; online form 700
    • Every candidate and committee should be familiar with this site
  • Secretary of State
    • Voter registration application, statewide vote history by county, absentee voting, status of initiatives, and state voter pamphlet
    • Political Reform, campaign contributions and lobbying disclosures, and forms
    • Vote America: A program dedicated to increasing registration and turnout
  • State Law
    • The state's Legislative Counsel maintains an up-to-date website of California law
    • Note: While the Elections Code contains laws relating to the conduct of elections, requirements for office and other laws affecting elections, information may be found in the Government Code, Education Code, and state Constitution
    • This website can also take you to bills in the state Legislature
Nonprofit
  • California Voter Foundation
    • Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization looking at the technology and equipment used to conduct elections
  • Easy Voter
  • ELECnet
    • Comprehensive nationwide links to over 400 election websites
  • Election Center
    • Nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving elections
    • Mainly targeted at elections officials with useful information for voters
  • Smart Voter
    • The League of Women Voters (LWV) partners with counties to provide polling place look-up for specific elections, information about ballot measures, links to candidates' websites, and information about LWV
  • Vote Smart
    • National nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing information on federal elections and to a lesser extent on state governor and state legislative elections
    • Rosters of federal and state office holders with contact information and positions / statements from them
    • Formed by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, former Senators Barry Goldwater and George McGovern, and former Representatives Newt Gingrich and Geraldine Ferraro, among others
    • Highly acclaimed for its coverage
    • Also explains the Electoral College
Election Philosophy & Advocacy
  • Accurate Democracy
    • This appears to have been started by Robert Loring as a graduate research project. It discusses election philosophy / theory, provides critiques, and has free downloadable software for election simulation.
  • Election Methods Education and Research Group
    • The purpose is to educate and inform the public about the gross inadequacy of our current election method and the major benefits of a better alternative: The Condorcet Method, a mathematical model that allows voters to rank candidates against each other.
  • Fair Vote California
    • A nonpartisan coalition of "Californians for Electoral Reform" who believe that all citizens deserve a voice in government working to promote and implement voting methods that fulfill this right as much as possible.
  • Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)
    • IRV is a means of casting votes for candidates in a race according to the voter's ranking; i.e., if the voter's first choice has the lowest total votes then that candidate loses and the voter's second choice is counted. This goes on until a candidate receives a majority of the votes necessary to win.
  • Open Voting Consortium
    • A nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, maintenance, and delivery of open voting systems for use in public elections. It seeks to establish institutionalized protocols that enable public monitoring of all aspects of election administration. That also means that computer software should be open source.
  • Rock the Vote
    • A website targeting young people to register and vote.
  • The Constitution Project
    • Based on the premise that the neglect of constitutional issues in the practice of ordinary politics is profoundly misguided and it is wrong for citizens and legislators to abdicate responsibility for following the Constitution to the judiciary.
For-Profit
  • Votenet
    • The website for Votenet Solutions, Inc., which publishes Campaigns and Elections and Campaign Insider
    • Targeting those who run for office or conduct campaigns