OXY Votes

OXY Votes want to help make sure that you are registered and informed - check out some of the resources we've compiled.

Please note, these resources are provided as only a sample. Their appearance on this site does not indicate that the College agrees with any statements made on any of the sites or endorsement of any candidate or position. Please use your own judgement to make the most informed decision possible.

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General Resources

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.

Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections whose goal it is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information at all levels of government. They are firmly committed to neutrality in their content.

Fact Checking

PolitiFact.com is a nonprofit project operated by the Poynter Institute. It began in 2007 as a project of the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times), with reporters and editors from the newspaper and its affiliated news media partners reporting on the accuracy of statements made by elected officials, candidates, their staffs, lobbyists, interest groups, and others involved in U.S. politics.

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. 

Voter Registration

Can I Vote? - This nonpartisan website was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. It is a general resource for determining your voter eligibility and offers details on a state-by-state basis including information about absentee and early voting requirements.

National Resources

Vote Smart, formerly called Project Vote Smart, is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States. It covers candidates and elected officials in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements. They also offer the VoteEasy widget to help you sift through information to determine your "political soulmate" from among the candidates.

ProCon.org is an online resource for research on controversial issues. The content of ProCon.org is produced by five staff researchers, and its stated mission is "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format." For each of its U.S. presidential election sites since 2008, ProCon.org has attracted millions of readers with its coverage of the candidates and their positions on key issues. The New York Times (“Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012,” September 5, 2012) hailed the ProCon.org election site as: “The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.”