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US Elections

by Mary Ann Kelley

Resources about US Elections

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The Race Is On!  (Y, M)
A Parent's Guide to Talking About the Presidential Election from PBS Parents.

Fun Things to Do  (Y, M)
Pocantico Hills School has compiled a number of pencil games, online puzzles and fun activities to do relating to the Presidential election.

Elections - Teacher Resources  (T)
From teacher Vision.com These lessons, printables, and activities on the U.S. electoral process provide great teaching ideas for fall, especially during an election year. Explore election requirements for the federal government with your students. You'll also find great ways for students to get involved in local politics, like holding classroom debates or writing letters to representatives. Units on civil rights and women's history will benefit from resources on the American suffrage movement.

Congress for Kids - Election Day 2016  (Y, M)
From Congress for Kids, sponsored by the Dirkson Congressional Center. Did you know a bill has been presented before the House of Representatives proposing to make Election Day a national holiday, called "Democracy Day."?

Time for Kids - Election 2016  (Y, M)
Excellent election resource from Time For Kids

Scholastic news Election 2016  (Y, M)
This interactive website supports the robust election coverage delivered in the Scholastic News magazines, as well as the activities in the Election Skills workbooks. Specifically, students visiting this site will learn about the election process, get up-to-date news, see the latest results on interactive maps, vote in polls, and read news from the campaign trail from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Elections for Kids - Fun Facts  (Y, M)
Sponsored by Gallopade International, a publishing company for K-8 educational products and digital curriculum.

Elections  (Y,M)
Understanding the U.S. election process is central to understanding the country's history and culture. Brain Pop helps students make sense of elections and the forces that shape them with this collection of relevant content, including learning games from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's iCivics

Historical Election Results  (Y,M,O,T)
1789-2012 Presidential Elections from the National Archives website

Directory of US Political Parties  (Y,M,O,T)

Presidential Elections Data: 1789 to present  (Y,M,O,T)
From The American Presidency Project

Susan B. Anthony  (Y,M)
From Surfing the Net with Kids

Not for Ourselves Alone: The story of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton  (Y,M)
From PBSKids

Glossary of Election Terms  (Y,M,O,T)
From the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Election Glossary  (Y,M,O,T)
From PBS.com

State Government Resource  (Y,M,O,T)
From USA.gov. Visit the government website for each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and associated states.

GovSpot.com  (Y,M,O,T)
GovSpot.com is a non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online.

Project Smart Vote  (Y,M,O,T)
Government 101 Elections

Elections for Kids  (Y,M)
Sponsored by Gallopade International. Voting is one of the most important responsibilities you will have. Learn about the election process today!

Elections  (Y,M)
From Congress for Kids.net

Kids Voting USA  (Y,M)
From Kids Voting USA.org

The Democracy Project  (Y,M)
From PBSkids.org

Election Process   (M,O)
From Ben's Guide to US Government

Vote 411: Election Information you need  (Y,M,O,T)
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

Tips for Parents: Elections for Kids  (Y,M)
Sponsired by The Learning Community.

Elections 101  (Y,M)
From PBSKids.org

Washington's Inaugural Address  ()
From the National Archives, this page includes links to both a transcription and digital images of the original speech.

US Elections.com  (O)
You'll find information on your federal, state and local representatives, voter information and registration procedures, FEC records, campaign finance updates and more.

Elections the American Way  (T)
Teacher resources from the Library of Congress

Election Law  (O,T)
Complex and comprehensive election information for the US from the Library of Congress

Election Guide  (Y,M,O,T)
From Congress.org Information to help voter get informed and get involved.

Voting and Elections  (Y,M,O,T)
From USA.gov. Official information and services from the U.S. government.

America's Debate Radio  (O,T)
This website encourages healthy debate about local, national and world politics. Inclused forums, podcasts, and chat rooms.

America's Election HQ  (Y,M,O,T)
FOXNews.com

MSNBC Politics  (Y,M,O,T)
Latest news and analysis from NBC News political team

The Green Papers: Elections  (M,O,T)
Off-year election information

Commission on Presidential Debates  (M,O,T)
This nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization has sponsored and produced all the presidential debates since it began in 1987.

Congress.org  (M,O,T)
Great site for U.S. Government information. Includes directories from the President straight on down to local elected officials, Supreme Court judges and Federal Agencies. Legislation information: Bill Search, Vote Search, State Bill Search, Track Votes by Email. Election: Election 2012 Candidates & Info, 20121 Presidential Candidates and Register to Vote.

The Brookings Institution - Elections  (M,O,T)
An independent research and policy institute. Web site contains briefing papers, analyses, and other resources related to many current political issues.

Electoral Maps  (M,O,T)
Visual aids for mapping electoral votes

Elections - The American Way  (Y,M,O,T)
From The Library of Congress: Candidates, Voters, Party System, Election Process and Issues

Fact Check.org  (M,O,T)
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center located at the University of Pennsylvania. The site claims to be nonpartisan and nonprofit. The goal of the website is to monitor factual accuracy in U.S. politics.

Federal Election Commission  (O,T)
Provides information about campaign finances

Register to Vote -- The National Voter Registration Act  (O,T)
The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register to vote, to update your registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party.

Democratic National Committee  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

Republican National Committee  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

The Green Party of the United States  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

Independance Party  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

Libertarian Party  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

The Socialist Party  (Y,M,O,T)
Political Party Site

The Living Room Candidate  (Y,M,O,T)
Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952 - present.

Heritage Foundation  (O,T)
A research and educational institute focus on conservative principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and strong national defense.

Open Secrets Presidental Election 2012  (Y,M,O,T)
OpenSecrets.org acts as an online clearinghouse for data and analysis about money in politics.

Project Vote Smart  (Y,M,O,T)
The site claims to make public biographies, voting records, issue positions, ratings, speeches, and campaign finance information.

Kids Voting Arizona  (M)
Kids Voting Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-driven voter education program.

Open Secrets.Org  (M,O)
Another great site that exposes who is contributing how much to whom; a link titled who paid for this election will give children a better understanding of why politicians make promises to certain groups; search the database by politician or by donor.

Freedom Hero: Susan B. Anthony  (Y,M)
From MyHero.com

Susan Brownell Anthony  (Y,M,O,T)
From Western NewYork Suffragists

Susan B. Anthony House  (Y,M,O,T)
From The Susan B Anthony House

US Electoral College Homepage  (M,O)
From the website of the National Archives; very informative with an interactive Electoral College Calculator

Ben's Guide to the US Government for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
This site offers a nice explanation of the electoral college with links to related topics. Breaks out information into grade related categories: K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12 and Parents & Teachers.

2012 Elections: Teacher Resources  (Y,M,O,T)
A large selection of election resources.

Classroom Election Ideas  (Y)
From ABCTeach includes projects and activities.

C-SPAN in the Classroom  (Y,M,O,T)
Includes teacher resources and links in topics like Campaign Events, Campaign Topics, and assorted likes to election related government sites

Grassroots.com  (M,O)
An excellent political action site; their list of causes is bound to have something that your kids can get passionate about

VA State Board of Elections: Election Information   (O)
Includes "Where Do I Vote?," election results, candidates lists and ballot issues, more.

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