Election Resources

  • C-SPAN American Presidents Resources. The site includes lesson plans, activities and video clips based on C-SPAN’s television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
  • C-SPAN Classroom. Lesson idea for the Electoral College and the Constitution, and other resources.
  • iCivics. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with several interactive games on a variety of topics. Students can run a presidential campaign and collect electoral votes in “Win the White House.” Free resources for teachers are also available.
  • Learn About Elections & Voting. Federal links to election and general citizenship-related resources.
  • Library of Congress. The Library of Congress blog Path to the Presidency includes suggestions for ways to use primary sources to help students learn about the election process and past elections.
  • The Living Room Candidate. The Museum of the Moving Image houses historic campaign ads, lessons plans and an “Ad Maker” tool for students.
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Election Resources. NCSS has compiled a list of election resources that include articles from their publications, as well as links to free websites. Some items are accessible only to NCSS members.
  • PBS Election Resources. The PBS LearningMedia site offers a collection of resources, sortable by grade level, subject and type.
  • Political Cartoon Index. Daryl Cagle’s site offers hundreds of cartoons, updated daily, and organized by issue and cartoonist.
  • Political Fact Check. The nonpartisan Annenberg Public Policy Center monitors the factual accuracy of candidates’ assertions in ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
  • Political Party Quiz. Pew Research Center has a 12-question political party survey titled “Where Do You Fit?”
  • Project Vote Smart. A Montana-based nonpartisan group has launched a website that provides users with tools to compare their own views on issues to those of presidential and Maine congressional candidates. “Vote Easy” uses information submitted by the candidates in response to questionnaires, and the project conducts research using candidates' voting records, backgrounds, issue positions, campaign contributions, interest group ratings and public statements.
  • U.S. Presidential Election Results Atlas. This interactive site shows election results by year and state (including county by county results) and includes graphs on voter turnout.