Where and how do I get registered to vote?
The National Association of Secretaries of State has a handy website where residents of all 50 states can check to see if they are registered, when the registration deadlines for their states might be, and what type of ID they might need to bring on Election Day. You can visit them here.
Where and when can I vote in my district?
Map Your Vote: Google has created a special map site just for Election Day, http://maps.google.com/vote. Here you can type in your address, get a map of your polling place, its hours of operation, and directions from your home or office. The site also including links to information on absentee ballot information, checking your registration status, and your state’s election website.
Know when the polls close in your state: The Swing State Project has a great map that illustrates when the polls close in each state, and they couple it with information about key House, Senate, gubernatorial, and local legislative races in each state, as well as which party currently holds the contested seat.
More Independent Voting Resources
Project Vote Smart: Information on United States candidates, ballot measures, issues, legislation, and voter registration, provided by a non-profit group. According to Wikipedia they do not accept financial contributions from lobbyists, governmental organizations, corporations, labor unions, or other special interests. It is financed by donations from more than 45,000 members and through grants from philanthropic foundations, including the Carnegie, Ford, Knight, and Revson foundations.
Vote411.org: This site from the League of Women Voters offers an easy-to-use database for all voting information, and includes a Voter’s Guide to the candidates and their major policy perspectives, as well as a quick resource guide for a range of voter questions.
Want to know more about the history of voting in the United States?
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has this great interactive exhibition called “Vote: The Machinery of Democracy.”
History of Voting Trends and Turnout
Where Have All the Voters Gone? An article on the History News Network written by Thomas E. Patterson, the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.