2012 Election

Vote Smarter: 28 Resources for Election 2012

Want to vote smarter? Now you can. Voting hasn’t changed all that much since our country began hundreds of years ago. Now, thanks to technology, you can check the facts, find politicians whose values most closely align with yours, see which of your friends are registered to vote (or not) and analyze whose receiving the most buzz on Twitter. This is the year of the mobile election (infographic) and you better believe technology is going to help shape the outcome of this election in a very big way. Last election, people marveled at Barack Obama’s social media strategy. Now, every politician must dedicate resources to social media or be left behind. Along those same lines, it is now easier than ever to follow the issues that matter most to you, get the latest news and analysis and make a truly informed decision. This is your election. Make your vote count.

GovTrack.us

Keep tabs on your representatives in Congress or to research pending legislation that might impact your life or business.

ElectNext

Helps you support your important issues where it matters most.

New York Times: Politics

News, opinion, tools and multimedia on politics and government.

Politico: 2012 Live

Campaign news, polls, results, debates & candidates.

Ruck.us

Determine your political DNA and join politically like-minded people.

FactCheck.org

Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.


Project Vote Smart

Non-partisan information on U.S. federal and state candidates, ballot measures, issues and legislation.


The Fact Checker (Washington Post)

Checking the truth behind the political rhetoric.


OpenCongress

News and official government data to track bills, votes, senators and representatives in the U.S. Congress.

OpenSecrets.org

A resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere.


THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative information.


The Hill

Covering congress, politics, political campaigns and capitol hill.


OhMyGov Media Analytics

Dig into the influential social conversations making news and impacting policy.


ReConstitution 2012

A real-time, interactive web app that deconstructs the dialogue unfolding on your screen.


Votizen

Find out which of your friends are voters and win their votes for your candidates.

PollTracker

Live feed of incoming political poll data.

CrowdHall

A living townhall hosted by anyone and moderated by everyone.


Whistlestop

Track how your candidates are performing and to mobilize your friends to support candidates using social media.

VoterTide

Be the first to know when online buzz is building, news is breaking and who is talking.


RealClearPolitics

News, political opinion and commentary, and the political issues of the day.


VoteNav.com

Providing factual awareness in an interactive and informative environment.


Twitter Political Index

A daily measurement of Twitter users’ feelings towards the candidates.


Ballotpedia

An interactive almanac of state politics.


VoterHub

Lets voters easily research the issues, locate their nearest polling place and get up-to-the-minute election information.


CNN Candidate Match Game

Find out which candidate you agree with most on the key issues of the day.


Is Barack Obama the President?

A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer in response to recent polls.


Political Humor

Political humor and political cartoons, updated daily with jokes, cartoons, satire, videos, and funny news.


Aristotle

Delivers smarter technology, software, micro-targeting data and expertise to political campaigns.

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