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Political Science *: Election Information

Below are links to databases and scholarly web sites that support the study of political science and its related sub-disciplines.

General Election Information

Listed below are resources about elections and links to organizations that study campaigns are elections.

  • 270toWin -- this site combines an interactive Electoral College map for the then-current presidential election cycle with historical maps and information for all prior elections. Contains information on the Electoral College system and the integral role it plays in electing the President.
  • 2008 Elections -- an up-to-date and thorough directory of information related to the upcoming elections. Excellent place to begin a search for information on the campaign season, the candidates, and the special interest groups attempting to influence the outcome.
  • 2012 Elections -- a directory of web sites related to the 2012 election cycle at the federal, state, and local level.
  • Ballotpedia -- a nonprofit and nonpartisan collaborative digital encyclopedia that includes information about elections, politicians, and candidates at all levels of government. Data ranges from national elections and Congress to information about state executive officials, state legislatures, recall elections, ballot measures, and even local school boards.
  • Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) -- a non-profit organization that serves as a resource for grassroots advocates and uses the ballot measure process as a tool for achieving progressive policy goals and political gains.
  • Campaign Finance Reports and Data -- produced by the Federal Elections Commission, this site contains a searchable database of reports and statements filed by political committees. View actual financial disclosure reports filed by House, Senate and Presidential campaigns, Parties and PACs from 1993 to the present.
  • CompletePlanet--Politics -- A comprehensive listing of dynamic searchable databases that helps you locate databases with highly relevant documents that cannot be crawled or indexed by surface web search engines. This link is to the system's directory of sites for politics.
  • CQ MoneyLine -- provides access to daily news briefs, information on individual contributions to candidates, party committees and 527 organizations and related campaign finance data on the front page for free. Information available on the PACs/527s, Candidates and Lobbying pages of the site is only available to subscribers.
  • ElectionGuide -- provides information on national elections, breaking news on election-related laws and political developments, and election results and voter turnout from around the world.
  • electionline.org -- a project of the Pew Center on the States, this is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy website providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform and is a leading resource to learn about, discuss, and debate election administration issues
  • Election Resources on the Internet -- this site provides detailed regional and international election statistics and otherr online international election resources.
  • Elections and Electoral Systems Around the World --a collection of election related web sites and links to each country's major election web sites.
  • FactCheck.org -- this site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of television ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases to increase public knowledge and understanding.
  • ICPSR -- archive of social science data covering a range of subject areas including population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, crime, aging, and substance abuse. Note that USC users will need to create an account from on-campus to download data.
  • Influence Explorer -- includes regularly updated campaign finance data directly from the Federal Election Commission, including standardized campaign finance data to view and/or download for all federal candidates from the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • MapLight -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research organization that reveals money's influence on politics with research of money and influence in the U.S. Congress and in the California and Wisconsin Legislatures.
  • National Journal Almanac -- database of searchable biographical and political summaries of elected officials, campaign expenditures, voting records, interest-group ratings, and congressional staff. In-depth overviews of each state and house district are included as well, along with demographic data, analysis of voting trends, and political histories.
  • National Journal HotLine -- daily coverage of campaigns and elections written by staff of the National Journal.
  • National Journal Politics -- political news stories and coverage of political leaders and groups published by the National Journal Policy Group.
  • PARLINE Database on National Parliaments -- contains information on the structure and working methods of 262 parliamentary chambers in all of the 187 countries where a national legislature exists.
  • Politics1 -- comprehensive, non-partisan clearinghouse of campaign and election information. Includes a list of political news sources, links to leading groups representing all sides of the current policy issues, and a list of candidate web sites and a directory of other resources devoted to the 2008 race.
  • PolitiFact -- a project of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper that assesses factual truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists, and interest groups and rate them on a "Truth-O-Meter."
  • Project Vote Smart -- provides backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected offices to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups.
  • Psephos -- billed as largest, most comprehensive and most up-to-date archive of electoral information in the world, with election statistics from 176 countries. Use the alphabetical index at left to find information about every country in the world.
  • VoteGopher.com -- a non-partisan clearinghouse of information for comparing Democratic and Republican positions on twenty-five key domestic and international issues.
  • Voting America -- provides cinematic and interactive maps showing how Americans voted in presidential elections at the county level, from the beginning of the modern party system in 1840 to the present.

Descriptions of resources are adapted or quoted from vendor websites.