Other sources

From the League

LWV US (http://www.lwv.org/)

LWV California (http://www.ca.lwv.org/)

LWV Los Angeles County (http://lacilo.ca.lwvnet.org/)

LWVC Voter Services and Ballots (http://www.cavotes.org/) – including the Guide to California Government

Voter’s Edge California  (http://www.votersedge.org/ca) – comprehensive, nonpartisan guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California. A partnership between Smart Voter and Maplight: a guide to elections via your home address.

LWVC Best Practices Manual for Official Voter Information: Developed as a resource for election officials and community groups working to enfranchise and educate California voters.

LWV Clearinghouse (https://sites.google.com/a/leagueofwomenvoters.org/clearinghouse/)

Easy Voter Guide (http://www.easyvoterguide.org/) – what’s on the California ballot

Smart Voter LA County (http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/la/) – LA County elections, local propositions

Vote 411 Voter Guide (http://www.vote411.org/) – voter’s guide to the ballot

Find Your Elected Officials (zip code locator) – locate all your representatives with your zip code


Voter Resources – California

LA Vote Election Information (http://www.lavote.net) – County voter registration, election returns, locate districts by voting address

Find your California Legislator (http://www.legislature.ca.gov/) – State Senate and Assembly reps by address

GovTrack (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/CA) – California district maps for US Representatives and their track records.

LegInfo (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml) – Introduced bills in the California Legislature and a Public Access guide

CA Secretary of State (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/) – California Elections and Voter Information, fraud unit

CA Voter Foundation (http://www.calvoter.org/) – improve the California election process

Cal-Access  The Secretary of State (http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/) provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others. Searchable database is here (http://dbsearch.sos.ca.gov/ContributorSearch.aspx) Only electronically-reported, state-level, campaign contribution data is provided through Power Search (http://powersearch.sos.ca.gov/)

Open California Capitol Weekly (http://capitolweekly.net/about-us/open-california/) – provides a platform for engagement with public officials, advocates and political interests

California Election Dates (http://elections.mytimetovote.com/dates/california.html) – schedule of local, state and federal elections in California

CA Budget Project (http://www.cbp.org/) – independent fiscal and policy analysis in Sacramento

Legislative Analysts Office (http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/main.aspx) – oversight of the California Legislative budget

MapLight (http://maplight.org/california) – follow the money by district in California

CA Fair Political Practices Commission (http://fpcc.ca.gov/) – elected officials’ form 700 filings, voter information for elections. Search page is here.

CALmatters Alignment Score (https://calmatters.org/articles/explore-relationship-votes-money-influence-tool/) – How Often Legislators Vote with Interest Groups

CapitolTrack (http://capitoltrack.com/) track pass/fail status of bills and their funding in the California Legislature (subscription model with free trial)

CA Grid (State of California) – follow the money by candidate in California

Judge Voter Guide (http://www.judgevoterguide.com/) – judicial voter selection in California

LA Co Public Library (http://www.colapublib.org/citizenship/citizen.php) – Citizenship – U.S. Pathways for new Americans


Voter Resources – National

Library of Congress (https://www.congress.gov/) – look up legislation in US Congress, Congressional record. Also links to the Copyright Office

(replacing the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov – more info here)

Campaign Finance Institute (http://www.cfinst.org/) – nonpartisan thinktank for money in politics, state and national levels

Follow the Money (http://www.followthemoney.org/) national database for candidates, lobbyists, party committees and contributors

Open Congress (http://www.opencongress.org/) – run by the Sunlight Foundation  (requires registration). Follow legislation in the US Congress

Sunlight Foundation (http://sunlightfoundation.com/about/) – real-time, online transparency for all government information and the political money flow

Ballotpedia (https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page) – Nonpartisan wiki encyclopedia of American politics: covers local, state and federal politics, political issues and public policy, elections and candidates

On the Issues (http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm) – Every political leader on every issue – sourced  fact check on major political issues and politician statements.

Common Cause (http://www.commoncause.org) – serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power.

Open Secrets (http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/index.php) – fundraising at all levels from the Center for Responsive Politics

Federal Election Commission (http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/disclosure_data_search.shtml) – comprehensive campaign disclosure database

GovTrackUS (http://www.govtrack.us) – US Congressional bills, voting records and committees for individual representatives.

InsideGov (http://www.insidegov.com/) – US Congressional campaign finance, legislation, government spending, law and tax issues.

Voter Information Services (http://www.vis.org/) – Congressional report cards

Project Vote Smart (http://votesmart.org/) – elections, government officials and issues

Politifact (http://www.politifact.com/) – Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking project

Fact Check (http://www.factcheck.org/) – monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players

Flack Check (http://www.flackcheck.org/) – Recognize flaws, deception and incivility in arguments in general, and political ads in particular.

Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov) – Submit public comments on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government. Site search and review original regulatory documents as well as comments submitted by others.


The Maps

Policy Map (national election map) – 2012 election data

US Census Bureau – My Congressional District (http://www.census.gov/mycd/) – demographics of each US congressional district

Electoral Vote Predictor (http://electoral-vote.com/ ) – tracks political polls for U.S. federal elections