Inform s explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure many variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time.
The New York Times cited this website 10/17/10 in an article on the upcoming mid-term elections. Leip provides a good amount of information for free, but more is available with a nominal membership fee.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that "monitors 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."
A searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The data were compiled by Philip Lampi. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online.
Provides information on federal, state, and local elected officials, including voting records, interest group records, and biographical information. It also has information, searchable by state, on ballot measures.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
"The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining “public” information as meaning “online. . ." - website
"In addition to such standard subjects as elections, Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary, this book provides information on the media; campaign finances; foreign, social, and economic policy; and a variety of issues related to state and local government." - Introd.
A project of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. Political data in the website come from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (1840-1872 data) and polidata.org (1976-2004). Includes interactive maps.
Provides basic information on the electoral process, in-depth analysis on specific political eras and issues, and everything in between. Includes thorough historical coverage of every major aspect of federal and gubernatorial elections in the United States.
OPffers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behaviour. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments and challenges, as well as incisive commentary on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, scholars of American politics.
Helps scholars assess the current state of scholarship on parties and the directions in which it needs to move. Twenty nine chapters critically assess both the major contributions to a literature and the ways in which the literature has developed.