The American Democracy, 10th Edition (Patterson)

Chapter 7: Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will

Web Links

Referenced in the textbook, this website has revealed the Internet's potential to organize citizens behind political movements—in this instance, a left-leaning one.
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Rock the Vote
This organization's stated mission is to engage and build political power for young people in the United States.
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This website contains a wealth of valuable information about voting and registration requirements.
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An influential website devoted to political news.
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Votes for Women Textual Exhibit
167 books, pamphlets, and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. The collection includes works from the libraries of other members and officers of the organization including: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. Livermore.
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Yahoo Guide to Political Organizations

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The Vanishing Voter from Harvard University
A study of low levels of political participation in recent American elections preceding 2004, and an excellent site for investigating the significant upturn of voting in that year.
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Motor Voter—National Voter Registration Act
A citizens' guide to this 1993 law from the Department of Justice.
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The NES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior
The extremely useful 50-year-long informational treasure chest from the National Election Studies at the University of Michigan. There are useful and easily-read tips on use of this resource. This resource is widely used on public opinion chapters of introductory American government and politics textbooks.
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Project Vote Smart—American Government, Elections, Candidates and Voting
Has extensive information on voter registration, public office holders, issues in political campaigns, and status of votes and appropriations in Congress. Their 2004 Political Awareness Test shows results of their 2004 canvassing of more than 11,000 candidates on their issue positions.
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Verified Voting Foundation
A nonpartisan group dedicated to enhancing transparency in political elections, particularly by opposing electronic voting machines.
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Election Resources on the Internet
This site contains links to information about elections in dozens of nations, including the United States.
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