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ELECTION 2008

TEXAS

VOTING IN TEXAS
Early Voting & Voting by Mail
scroll down this page and it will give you the dates for elections and early voting in Texas. If you wish to vote early you will need to contact your County Elections Office and request a ballot. This must be done by specific dates for the upcoming state & local elections in May and federal elections in November.
League of women Voters(Texas) Offers non-partisan voter education for Texans .

VOTER REGISTRATION
Taylor County Elections Office
Information on early voting, polling places, voting by mail and other options in Taylor County.
Voter Registration in Texas
This is the Texas Secretary of State's website- check to see if your registered to vote and if not you can register online. Site contains quite a bit of information about voting in Texas.

ACADEMIC SITES
American National Election Studies
Provides "data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes."
Campaign U
"Published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, this blog provides links to articles focusing on the 2008 elections as they affect students, colleges and universities, and higher education policy. Also provides summaries of relevant scholarly publications."

CANDIDATES (alphabetical order)
McCain - Republican
Obama -
Democrat
Potential Third Party Candidates

CHECKING THE FACTS
Fast Check.org:
"Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases."
Politifact:
"A project of the St. Petersburg Times and CQ (Congressional Quarterly), this site uses scorecards, factsheets, and articles to review claims made by candidates (the Truth-O-Meter) and attacks from opponents (the Attack File)."
Snopes.com:
"The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."

INFORMATION ON THE ISSUES
Election 2008 (NPR):
Election 2008 coverage, candidate profiles, and Presidential Primaries and Caucuses interactive map, with Senate, House, and Governor races coming soon.  
Election Center 2008 (CNN):
Provides 2008 election coverage with pages about the candidates, issues, debates, money, and more. Includes a map of the 2008 Primaries/Caucuses with Calendar.  
Elections 2008 ( University of Michigan):
Provides links to web sites about the election process both current and historical, political issues, the candidates, election results, links to fact-checking web sites, and more.  
MapLight.org: Money and Politics
"MAPLight.org brings together campaign contributions and how legislators vote, covering the California Legislature & U.S.Congress.
OnTheIssues.org
"Our mission is to provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity." "We get our information daily from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet." 
Pew Research Center Reports on Election '08
"The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues."
Salon.com
"An Internet media company that produces 7 original content sections as well as two online communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. The content sites, updated daily or more frequently, include News and Politics, Opinion, Technology & Business, Arts & Entertainment, Books, Life and Comics."

NATIONAL CONVENTIONS (alphabetical order)
Democratic August 25th - 28th in Denver, Colorado
Libertarian May 22nd - 26th in Denver, Colorado
Republican September 1st - 4th in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

NEWS DATABASES
Check out these databases for daily election information:
InfoTrac Newspapers
LexisNexis
Newspaper Source

IT IS A BRAVE NEW WORLD
YouTube: You Choose '08 "Provides videos of questions, candidate responses, and user-generated responses to the same questions asked of the candidates. Also links to videos produced by individual campaigns."