National Nonpartisan Resources

Below you’ll find a list of organizations and websites that provide vital information anywhere from voting behavior statistics to independent analysis of the day’s latest news.

Center for Election Science: We dedicate ourselves to election-related scholarship, educating the general public, and advocating voting methods that most benefit the public good. Although our scope includes all aspects of electoral systems, our main push is Approval Voting.

FairVote: One of the largest groups focused on structural reforms. Mission statement: FairVote educates and empowers Americans to remove the structural barriers to achieving a representative democracy that respects every vote and every voice in every election. As a thought leader and catalyst for change, we are at the center of research, education and advocacy about ranked choice voting (“instant runoff”), a constitutionally protected right to vote, a national popular vote for president, and, most fundamentally, fair representation voting forms of proportional representation.

Vote USA: Custom sample ballots using voter’s address with side-by-side comparisons of candidates’ pictures, bios, social links and positions and views on the issues.

Ballotpedia: A nonprofit, nonpartisan collaborative encyclopedia designed to connect people to politics and elections at the local, state and federal level. A full encyclopedia of elections and ballot measures. Competitive elections analysis is also available on Ballotpedia.

Congressional Quarterly Electronic Library: Provides data, analysis, explanations, and historical material on U.S. voting and elections as well as information on voters, demographics, political parties and campaigns.

The George Washington University, Gelman Library Election Statistics Reference Guide: This guide lists recommended sources of statistical information on U.S. elections.

Maps and Cartograms of Election Results (University of Michigan): This site provides a series of maps to display election results.

ACE Project: Your portal to the world of elections. The ACE network promotes credible, and transparent electoral processes with emphasis on sustainability, professionalism and trust in the electoral process.

Project Vote Smart: A non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States.

U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk: The Clerk of the House collects and publishes the official vote counts for federal elections from the various states and territories.

U.S. Senate, Virtual Election Reference Desk: A clearinghouse of voting information on the Web and guides to resources in libraries and archives, including the Bibliography of Resources on Elections and Political Parties.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC): The EAC was established by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 and is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements.

American National Election Studies: The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists.

Unicon Research Corporation: Unicon produces a set of extraction software that provides access to over 40 years of data from the Current Population Survey – including the Voting and Registration Supplements – along with documentation and original survey questionnaires.

Civility Conference: Restoring Respect is community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue. The initiative is supported by a consortium of San Diego area academic institutions and community groups including the Catfish Club of San Diego, the San Diego Community College District and the University of San Diego.

National Institute for Civil Discourse: Calling on every American citizen – leaders, voters, activists, commentators – to honor the central role that civil discourse has played in the history of our democracy by recommitting to participate in a thoughtful national dialogue.

No Labels: ‘Stop Fighting and Start Fixing’ No Labels is an American political organization based in the United States, composed of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, whose mission is to “move America from the old politics of point-scoring toward a new politics of problem-solving.” Mission is to educate groups and individuals who are trying to bridge moral divisions by connecting them with scientific research in this domain.

Nonpartisan Education Review: an on-line, peer-reviewed journal on educational policy. The Review welcomes any of the abundance of research and information that is neglected by the education policy groups that are allied with the major political parties.

Fair Elections Network: The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and legal support organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform as well as provide legal and technical assistance to voter mobilization organizations.

Voice of the People: A new non-partisan organization that seeks to re-anchor our democracy in its founding principles by giving ‘We the People’ a greater role in government.

Participatory Politics Foundation: A 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. PPF develops free Web tools that create new opportunities for engagement with government.

The C-Plan: Founded in 2013 by Glenn Davis as a long-term solution to overcome the partisan divisiveness which has paralyzed our federal government. “C” for Compromise, Cooperation, Collaboration, Courage, Compassion, Country and Consensus: a movement to elect a bloc of representatives committed to work together for the good of our country.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.

Truth In Media: Do you think Journalism is dead? Ben Swann with Truth in Media says not at all.

The Real News Network: A television news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism.

The Hankster: An Independent Voter’s Blog

Independent Political Report: Covering Third Parties and Independent Candidates since 2008

Independent Voters of America: A clearing house of ideas and information for independent voters – ideas and information that are not filtered through the typical partisan two-party nonsense or through the biases of the traditional mass media.

The Moderate Voice: An Internet hub for centrists, independents and moderates with domestic and international news, analysis, original reporting and popular features from the left, center and right.

North Carolina Voter Education: a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and involving citizens so they may fully participate in democracy.

Media Channel: A non-commercial and not-for-profit network of media analysis presented in the public interest, focused on the political, cultural, and social impacts of the media, large and small.

aGreaterUS: aGREATER.US is a media outlet. A process. A website publishing its user’s hopes, dreams, and content. A competition. An experiment.

Voter March: VoterMarch began on November 14, 2000, as four founding members from New York City and Washington, D.C., organized American voters who wanted to express their opposition to the irregularities and egregious conduct of Election 2000 and the direction in which an illegitimate administration was taking the country.

Moderate Voters: We are Americans who believe our elected officials should be less concerned about the welfare of their political parties and more concerned about the welfare of their nation.  We should be Americans first and Democrats / Republicans second.

The Fourth Estate Watch: An independent media blog dedicated to aggressive, adversarial journalism.

Ballot Access News: Election law and ballot access updates edited by Richard Winger

InDeclaration: A little common sense in a chaotic world…

The Midwest Wing: Politics and Life in Middle America

Truth in Accounting: The Mission of the Institute for Truth in Accounting is, in a non-partisan manner, to compel government to produce financial reports that are understandable, reliable, transparent and correct.

The Public Record: TPR is dedicated to educating and empowering the public through our groundbreaking news reports and cutting-edge commentary. Please support our work by making a donation (not tax-deductible) via our PayPal account. Our only source of revenue is through third-party advertising. All donations fund our reporting efforts.

The Amalgamist: Growing Facebook community dedicated to non-partisan information sharing. Mission: We wish to create a culture that is informed, not simply opinionated.

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