A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 2020 General Election.
General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.
Illinois State Board of Elections A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.
Federal Voting Assistance Program Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
Presidential Election Process Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.
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Federal Election Commission–Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.
Illinois Sunshine– a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois.
Annenberg Political Fact Check– A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
Center for Public Integrity– A nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom investigating democracy, power, and privilege. Their reporting focuses on the influence of money and the impact of inequality on our society.
Newsguard– Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right or has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
Politifact– Fact checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.
BallotReady– a nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”
BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide– A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.
ProCon.org– Pros and Cons of current issues- Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.
Project Vote Smart– a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.