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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Get Out & Vote

  • California Voter Registration
    From the California Secretary of State
  • Find Your Polling Place
    From the California Secretary State
  • The Rules Have Changed: Elections 2012
    Avoid confusion at the ballot box. Read this guide from the League of Women Voters that explains some of the major changes coming to the election process in 2012. The guide summarizes changes due to redistricting, the Top Two Primary system, and online voter registration
  • Easy Voter Guide
    Provides basic information on registering, voting, and elected offices. Also, provides nonpartisan information on candidates, political parties, and propositions
  • Your Rights as a Voter
    From the California Secretary of State

How Elections & Our Government Work

Midterm elections occur every two years. In addition to local and state offices and issues, we vote for some U.S. senators during midterm elections. Since we vote for Congress members every two years, we vote for all members of the House of Representatives during midterm elections.

Use the sources below to learn more about how our government works:

Elections Research

Are you studying U.S. elections? If so, the American National Election Studies Web site is a great source for you because you can track public opinion and other data across time; some of the included data goes back to 1952.

  • American National Election Studies
    The American National Election Study (ANES) is a survey conducted by leading scholars of political behavior of voters during each general election. Be sure to check out the site's "Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior," where you'll find tables that present yearly results across time to a wide number of ANES variables. Did voters view Ronald Reagan as knowledgeable, or Bill Clinton as moral? You can find the answers here

Elections in the News

  • AllSides
    See news, like presidential election polls and the latest in politics, from all sides of the political spectrum
  • Political News
    Extensive list of credible current news sources. Includes Op-Ed pages from the Sacramento Bee, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, and many more
  • Rough & Tumble: A Snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics
    Snapshot of the public policy and politics of California based on the reporting from more than two dozen publications
  • Roll Call Politics
    From CQ-Roll Call Group, this extensive site reports on the people, politics, and personalities in Congress as well as critical legislative action
  • Elections
    From the San Francisco Chronicle

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