As everyone is quite aware, the election is officially a week away. As such, I feel it is my civic duty to present this resource post. Monica and Micah – feel free to chip in on any other resources.
I can’t even begin to stress the importance of voting. With today’s information economy and easy access to voting, there is not one good reason to not vote. We all have a stake in what happens in government, whatever side you fall on. I realize it’s a little late in the game to register to vote, but even if you haven’t, it’s important to be informed. The deadline to register to vote in Oklahoma was Oct. 10. Okay, I’m done with the obligatory soapbox.
Besides what is posted on our links page, here are some helpful resources if you’re still wanting/needing more information on candidates and issues. Our links page is particularly useful for more in-depth information and research regarding specific issues.
Okay, this is posted on our links page but it’s worth reiterating. The Spotlight of Poverty and Economic Opportunity website is a great non-partisan resource for finding out information on how candidates are specifically addressing the issues of poverty and income equality. Information includes questions to candidates, data on various communities, current initiatives, research, and links.
CQPolitics is put out by Congressional Quarterly. CQ has the largest press corps on Capitol Hill and is seen as a leading authority on political journalism. Check out Cabinet Maker and the Political Toolkit. This site really feeds the political junkie habit.
Factcheck.org as sponsored by the widely respected Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Go here to debunk any myths perceptions you maybe having. As stated on their website, they do not accept funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organization, or individuals. The motto for the Factcheck wire is “Faster than the speed of spin.” Pretty remarkable these days.
League of Women Voters of Oklahoma always does a fantastic job of putting together voter guides. Stop by league of women voters office to obtain a hard-copy version. The national website is also a fabulous resource.
For some perspectives on education issues, CNN’s Election Center 2008 has a decent page with links and statements from both candidates.
That said, also check out the PBS website for additional election coverage on the issues and candidates. A few weeks ago I watched the Frontline documentary on both candidates. Worth watching if you get a chance.
Okay. See you at the ballot box on Tuesday Nov. 4!