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Guide to the U.S. election process.
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 URL: http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/581-Elections Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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About U.S. Elections

Election Process

FairVote (formerly the Center for Voting and Democracy)

Organization dedicated to achieving universal access to participation, they provide background information on election issues (redistricting, proportion representation, instant runoff issues, and voter turnout for example)

Electoral College

United States Electoral College (NARA)

Electoral college laws and procedures. State-by-state electoral college votes, 1789-2004

Electoral College (Fair Vote)

How the electoral college works, which states bind their electors, faithless electors (Organization is lobbying for Presidential election by popular vote)

 

Voting in Oregon

To vote in Oregon you must register in the county where you live at least 21 days before an election. Most people can register online, at http://oregonvotes.org/pages/voterresources/regtovote/index.html

All voting in Oregon is vote-by-mail. Ballots are due at the county elections office by 8pm on election day--postmarks do not count!

If you have moved since the last election, you need to update your voter registration in order to ensure that you receive your ballot.  

Unsure if you are already registered? You can check your registration status online.

Visit the Voter Assistance page from the Secretary of State for more information.

 

Campaign Finance

OpenSecrets.org

From the Center for Responsive Politics, the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

An independent regulatory agency founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the campaign finance legislation in the United States. It describes its duties as "to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections." Functions include: donor lookup; influence & lobbying; receipts and disbursements of Presidential and Congressional candidates. Search by candidate and year; then drill down to detail on individual contributors.

 

Comprehensive Election Websites

Congress.org election guide - Congress.org is a service of Capitol Advantage and Knowlegis, LLC; private, non-partisan companies that specialize in facilitating civic participation.

Project Vote Smart
Biographies, lobby group ratings, Political Action Committee campaign funding, Candidate answers to the National Political Awareness Test, a questionnaire on issues in the election, Congress, Governors, President, and State Legislatures

 

Political Humor

Political Humor (About.com) - A compilation website of political humor, jokes, cartoons and videos from a variety of media sources.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Makes a big deal about presidential elections every election year and broadcasts live from the conventions.

Political Humor on Twitter - The first election cycle with Tweets!

The Onion Politics - This satire site occasionally comes close enough to reality to fool even the mainstream media

 

In The News

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

from President Ray's office:

In order to participate in the May 20th General Election, voters must be registered by Tuesday, April 29th.  If you have moved since the last election you will need to re-register using your current address to ensure your ballot will reach you. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.

Voter registration cards are available from the Associated Students of OSU in Snell Hall, the Memorial Union, and other campus locations. You can also register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.org/.

Students may register to vote using their university address or their permanent home address. If you choose to register to vote at home but want your ballot sent to your school address, you will also need to apply for an Absentee Ballot.

Please take the time to register to vote – and once registered, please participate in the election. If you have questions or need information about voter registration:

Benton County Elections Department:
(541) 766-6756, http://www.co.benton.or.us/elections/

Deschutes County Elections Department:
(541) 388-6546, http://www.deschutes.org/Clerks-Office/Elections.aspx

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:
http://www.oregonvotes.org/pages/voterresources/clerk.html

Subject Guide

 

NEW STUDENTS: Oregon Election Information

In order to participate in the November election, students must be registered to vote by Tuesday, October 15th. If you have moved since the last election, you must update your registration.

In Oregon, you can register online. Go to http://oregonvotes.org/pages/voterresources/regtovote/index.html.

All voting in Oregon is vote-by-mail. Ballots are due at the county elections office by 8pm on election day--postmarks do not count!

Unsure if you are already registered? You can check your registration status online.

Visit the Voter Assistance page from the Secretary of State for more information.

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