Elections and Clean Government Page

Election/ Campaign Issues

An amazing online archive of campaign materials from the UCLA library here.

Election shenanigans did indeed happen in 2004. One documented example is the case of an Ohio precinct wrongly giving Bush almost 4,000 extra votes. Article here.

In the ideal democracy, we would match up our issue positions with those of candidates and vote accordingly. At President Match, you can see who you "should" have voted for. (hint: don't click anything for "party".)

Vote counts could be suspect this year, due to new electronic voting machine security, questionable voter roll purges, etc. For more: voting machine concerns...
voter role purges

Honesty in political campaigns can be hard to come by. Here is a great CJR story about just how bad it has gotten. full story...

Presidential Debate transcripts here

The old big three Network News anchors discussed pack journalism, bias, war coverage, credibility and more on NPR's Fresh Air. Go to the October 7, 2004 program.

Elections and Clean Government

This page is devoted to citizen information and education. If we want to keep our democracy, we need clean, open, fair elections. We also need informed citizens. I will try to post as much relevant information and as many useful resources as possible.

 

Find trustworthy information

It can be difficult in the current political climate, to determine what "the truth" is surrounding candidate claims. There are a few organizations that are devoted to providing it, though, with non-partisan, straightforward information. Check them out:.

A site that both sides of the political spectrum often refer to is factcheck.org, and I too, suggest you go there to get some reliable information. Also try spinsanity for some truth-telling - the site is now defunct, but the older stories are a great example of what we need.

Jon Stewart went on Crossfire on Oct. 15, 2004 telling the hosts that they were "hurting America". See it here.

Campaign theme songs and how they help here.

The polls in 2004 behaved strangely - large jumps from poll to poll, different national polls reporting far different results, etc. To sort this all out, check out this article on weighting samples, and this one on "demystifying polls".

Tracking polls give trends in that poll over time. Here is an example from The Washington Post . Academics were doing overtime trying to predict the outcome of the election. Here's an imaginative analysis by Sam Wang, and another by Jim Stimson with a different methodology.

Media organizations have put together some cool online election guides this year. Try The New York Times, with interactive maps,C-Span with full audio and video of campaign events and debate transcripts, and NPR with solid audio stories. The Washington Post lets you compare the issues side-by side.

Several web sites publish information either or before or after it has hit the mainstream media. Check out some of those sites here.

 

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