Tuesday, November 8
Break out your red, white, and blue. The election season is here and your vote is important. Local, state and national candidates are counting on college students to cast their ballots, and Cascadia College encourages all eligible voters to get engaged and spend time learning about the candidates and issues. Cascadia political science faculty has contributed some of their favorite resources to this web page. Keep checking back for new content!
Where to drop off your ballot - Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day
Voter registration has closed. You should have recieved your ballot in the mail. Contact your elections office if you have not received your ballot. Return your ballot to a ballot drop-off location, no stamp required. Your ballot must be returned to a ballot drop-off location by 8 p.m. election day. Plan ahead to avoid lines.
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Check the Facts
Politifact and The Washington Post are great sources for fact-checking candidates' claims. If you're interested in following the money, The Federal Election Commission and opensecrets.com are good sites for seeing who is financing national candidates. For Washington state elections you can visit the Public Disclosure Commission website.
Follow the Polls
PollingReport.com maintains an excellent repository of polling data.
A good place to begin your election education is by familiarizing yourself with The Republican National Committee,The Democratic National Committee, The Libertarian Party, and The Green Party. You can read their platforms and learn where they stand on many the major issues facing the U.S. right now.
Then you can jump to the presidential candidates' websites: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein. The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) has developed two non-partisan guides: one is an overview of the two major presidential candidates and another looks at how their presidencies would likely impact the U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
The Monkey Cage is published by The Washington Post provides scholarly analyses of domestic and foreign current events.
State of Washington
The seats for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a U.S. Senator, plus a proposed minimum wage increase, and a proposed carbon emissions tax are on the ballot this November. You can find a list of all the races and issues on The Secretary of State website. Get your personalized voter guide, check your registration status, find your drop box, update your address and more at myvote. And visit the Washington State Republican Party and Washington State Democratic Party websites. If you prefer video to print you might be interested in TVW coverage of election-related events in Olympia around the state.
Follow the Money spent on campaigns for candidates and issues on KUOW's Field Guide to Influence
Have Some Fun!
Tired of political advertisements? Well, check out these beauties from years past. The Museum of the Moving Image database begins with the presidential election of 1952!
Soraya Cardenas' Sociology 101 class created videos to get students out there to vote. Here's the winning video: What Happens When You Vote.