List of the Month
Each month we highlight one Internet,
USENET Special Interest Group (SIG), or similar mailing
list or Website.
Online Political Information Resources
1996 I wrote an article called "Electronic
Democracy." While clearly much of the
information in the article is out of date, it is
interesting to see the amount that isn't. Since what is
purported to be "the closest presidential election
since Kennedy/Nixon in 1960" is coming up this
November 7, we thought we would provide you with some
online help in case you are still unsure of who you will
vote for or even if you will vote. With that noble
thought in mind, please consider the following
information. -- Claudia
Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor
- If you are a Texas resident and haven't
registered to vote yet, it is too late. If
you are the resident of another state check the
Online Democracy site (it was our "List
of the Month" in August)
for state registration deadlines (http://Onlinedemocracy.com/vote/index.cfm)
and find out when the deadline is for your state.
It is sure to be soon, so don't delay!
- If you still don't know what
party/candidate(s) to vote for, you can go to SelectSmart.com
(it was our "List of the Month" in January
-- are you starting to see a pattern here? :) and
get some help with "Unbiased
Decision-Making, " such as helping you
decide what political party is best for you, what
candidate for president best fits your views and
If you're looking for specific, non-partisan,
information to better inform yourself about candidates in
the upcoming election, the sites listed below should be
of help to you.
- Federal Election Commission Home Page (http://www.fec.gov/)
- Information about election regulations and
- League of Women Voters (http://www.lwv.org/voter/)
- "The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan
political organization, encourages the informed
and active participation of citizens in
government, works to increase understanding of
major public policy issues, and influences public
policy through education and advocacy."
- Policy.com (http://www.policy.com/)
- An aggregation of think tanks and advocacy
groups. Lots of good information and lots of
- Project Vote Smart (http://www.vote-smart.org/)
- a non-partisan clearing house for political
information. It was selected by the American
Political Science Association as the "Best
Political Web Site," according to the Vote
Smart Web page.
- Web White & Blue is a non-partisan consortium
of 17 of the largest Internet sites and news
organizations who have come together to highlight
the potential of the Internet to expand citizen
participation in our democracy.
- The 17 sites on the Web White & Blue Network
are some of the most important on the Internet.
They include major portals and news organizations
which together reach more than 85% of the total
US Internet audience. That's nearly 70 million
Americans every month.
- The centerpiece of Web White & Blue is an
historic event: the first online presidential
debate. This "Rolling Cyber Debate" is
being carried in its entirety by each of the 17
sites on the Web White & Blue network, and is
one click away from thousands more. The Rolling
Cyber Debate features daily exchanges among the
presidential campaigns and responses to questions
submitted by Internet users.
Presidential Campaign Pages
Quite a few people want to be president this year.
Below are the Web pages of most of the candidates.
If you're interested in keeping up with the latest
opinion polls on these candidates, you can get your fill
at the CNN/AllPolitics - Election 2000 site: