This is a great time to become a news junkie! Each day of an election campaign reveals new issues and new angles on those issues. SCORE History-Social Science’s Online News Sources offers a wide range of print and TV websites to compare coverage of the candidates and the issues. In addition, the following sites offer a wealth of highly teachable material that will be valuable in any classroom.

About Elections and Voting
This Federal Elections Commission site has the dates for each state primary, information about campaign finance laws, and Frequently Asked Questions such as: What is the role of the FEC Office of Election Administration? State Election Day and Voting Procedures; and FAQ’s about Absentee Voting.

Presidency 2004
This site has a wealth of information on the election. In addition to fast changing news summaries there are Political Issues & Debates pages with links to a mix of leading groups, well beyond the Democrats and Republicans on all sides of the hot issues facing the nation. The candidates and their positions are provided and continuously updated.

Project Vote Smart
Valuable teaching resources here will help students understand how the Presidential Election works including: State Primary Dates;
How the Primary Process Works; the Electoral College and Votes per State; and Political Party Information. For all elected officials, state and national, the site offers biographical information, campaign finance and issue positions, interest group rating and when available, voting records. Even the California ballot measures are covered.

The 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
This site monitors the presence of the 2004 Presidential primaries on the web. Democratic candidates have begun to drop out of the race, but if they maintain a Web presence this page will continue to track their sites. Compare how their Web presence changes by clicking stars in the Campaign Web Sites section. The main Web sites of current and former candidates for the Democratic and Republican nominations can be compared feature by feature in the classroom.

Democracy in Action: Race for the White House
The George Washington University site has the candidates and their campaigns, media coverage of the campaigns, the political parties and how they are framing the debate, interests groups, and voters and the nonvoting electorate. A clickable map provides the number of congressional districts and the names of the representatives.

Easy Voter guide
The Easy Voter project is designed to help new voters and students become more familiar with the voting process and what will be on the ballot. Its aim is to show people that it’s easy to participate. There is a Spanish language section as well that will be very useful to ESL teachers.

C-Span in the Classroom – Teaching Public Affairs with Primary Sources
Here is a wealth of resources for teaching about the Presidential Election. Included are campaign ads, political conventions, election quizzes and a video clip of the day. Supporting teaching resources include lessons on the Electoral College, past campaigns, and news-related activities for following the current campaign, including the third party candidates and the contest for Vice President.

Last revised: 07.09.04