Welcome to the 2020 Elections Research Guide. Each page contains helpful links and resources for that topic. This homepage contains information to support students doing research.
Remember, librarians can help you with your research.
Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self-Defense System
Every candidate and elected official from President to local government can be easily and instantly accessed through the Voter's Self-Defense System:
Voting Records -- Vote Smart digests key legislation in Congress and all 50 states into easy-to-understand summaries, making it easy to compare what your representatives said during the campaign with how they actually voted on the record.
Biographical & Contact Information -- From their previous professions, education, family life, and organizational memberships to their social media accounts and latest email addresses.
Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) -- We test thousands of candidates for President, Congress, Governor and State Legislature with our Political Courage Test. The Test accurately measures candidates' willingness to provide voters with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected.
VoteEasy -- this powerful, interactive research tool lets you instantly see which candidates are most like you.
Public Statements -- Vote Smart is constantly collecting speeches and public comments made by the president, governors, and congressional representatives. Just type in a word, say; 'immigration' and all public utterances containing the word 'immigration' will appear. Compare what they said while campaigning in California a few years ago to what they are saying now in New Hampshire.
Campaign Finances -- How much money did your representatives raise and from whom. Enter the name of the politician and click on the "Funding" folder
Interest Group Ratings -- See how over 400 national and 1300 state special interest groups evaluate your representatives. Despite their bias, special interest group ratings can help indicate where an incumbent has stood on a particular set of issues