Fun with Resources: Election edition
Whoa, did you guys know there's an election coming up?! In 2 weeks?! ha!
Well, there are a whole lot of issues being discussed by the presidential candidates, and a whole lot of facts and figures being thrown around in the process. Wanna know the historical context of some of these issues, or the voting record of the candidates, or what the supreme court has been doing? Or, maybe you are just enraged about some of the issues and want to contact your local representative! Well, Drexel Libraries happens to have a really fanastic suite of resources that culls all this information and more for you in one place.
CQ Political Reference Suite contains a whole lot of useful and interesting information for looking at the US political history and our political present. Congress and the Nation and Politics in America will tell you everything you want to know about the voting record of your congressperson and analysis of congressional-backed policies. The Washington Information Directory provides contact information for all our federal elected officials, and while you are waiting for Joe Biden to call you back, you can check out Vital Statistics on American Politics and analyse all kinds of political trends.
There are also a couple of great free resources available if you are interested in close scrutiny of the election process.
FiveThirtyEight.com is a site designed to "accumulate and analyze polling and political data in way that is informed, accurate and attractive. Most narrowly, to give you the best possible objective assessment of the likely outcome of upcoming elections." You'll be dreaming in blue and red after a few minutes on this site.
FactCheck.org is the go-to site for dispelling the myths perpetuated by the campaigns of all parties. The debate fact-checks are particularly interesting since these misleading statements come directly from the mouths of the candidates.