Technology Plus Politics Plus Elections

5 sites that can help you make an informed decision

 

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Political campaigns have definitively spilled over onto the internet — flooding social media networks, ad banners and our email inboxes.

But the internet can cut two ways — while it provides an avenue for candidates to reach potential voters, it also provides a wealth of information, fact checking and discussion about the candidates and their campaigns.

Regardless of your political leaning, there are many, many resources available for voters online — 

To keep up with presidential candidates’ positions and voting records— 

  • GovTrack — “Use GovTrack to keep tabs on your representatives in Congress or to research pending legislation that might impact your life or business
  • Project Vote Smart — “at Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interests groups, and are committed to providing you with the most relevant, unbiased information on over 40,000 candidates and officials.”
  • Open Congress — “A non-profit, non-partisan public resource. Everyone can be an insider.

When you want to make sure you can believe what they’re saying— 

  • FactCheck — “a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
  • Politifact — “a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the 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 our Truth-O-Meter.

Want to know who’s paying their bills?

  • Open Secrets — “the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit.

For more sites and resources, check out Wired Magazine’s How To wiki “Cut Through Political Rhetoric and Track Elections Online.”

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