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Voting & Elections

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Photo by Marc Tarlock; art work by Vote.

Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike license. Photo by Marc Tarlock; art work by Vote.

Register to Vote

Georgia residents can check out this website for information about:

  • Registering to vote
  • Voter registration status
  • Election dates
  • Early voting locations
  • Polling locations
  • Sample ballots

Not a Georgia resident? Find out how to register to vote in your state on this website.

Want to research the candidates to find out what they're all about? Check out these non-partisan resources:

To learn more about political party platforms, check out the following websites:

Debates

Check out this website: The Commission on Presidential Debates for more information about historical and upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. 

Debate coverage and archives of some political events are available on C-SPAN.

Stay informed and involved year round:

Election Statistics

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Book Cover: Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America

Drawing the Vote : An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America

How the history of American voting rights has shaped the way we vote today Coinciding with the 2020 US presidential election, Drawing the Vote, an original graphic novel, looks at the history of voting rights in the United States and how it affects the way we vote today. 

How We Vote : Innovation in American Elections

The idea of voting is simple, but the administration of elections in ways that ensure access and integrity is complex. In How We Vote, Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown explore what is at the heart of our democracy: how elections are run. 

Talking Politics? What You Need to Know before Opening Your Mouth

Talking Politics? What You Need to Know before Opening Your Mouth provides a solid starting point from which Americans can build more persuasive arguments for their preferred policies, whatever they may be, and will interest students of political science, civics, and history, from high school to undergraduates, and the general public interested in politics and informed discussion.

Book Cover: The Ethics of Voting

The Ethics of Voting

Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. 

Book cover: Voting Rights

Voting Rights

This book is a collection of articles in which authors debate if convicts and immigrants should be allowed to vote, if voting should be mandatory, if voting rights for women should be expanded, and how should global voting rights be expanded.

Book cover: Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy

Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy

Local government is the hidden leviathan of American politics: it accounts for nearly a tenth of gross domestic product, it collects nearly as much in taxes as the federal government, and its decisions have an enormous impact on Americans' daily lives. Yet political scientists have few explanations for how people vote in local elections, particularly in the smaller cities, towns, and suburbs where most Americans live. 

Book cover: Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter, 2nd Edition

Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, 2nd Edition

One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know. 

Book cover: The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future

The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future

The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future is for people who care deeply about their communities and their country but worry about problems that endanger their future and that of their children.

Book cover: Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns

Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns

Which get-out-the-vote efforts actually succeed in ethnoracial communities—and why? Analyzing the results from hundreds of original experiments, the authors of this book offer a persuasive new theory to explain why some methods work while others don't.

Book cover: Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America

Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America

Much has been written about the historic nature of the Obama campaign. The multi-year, multi-billion dollar operation elected the nation's first black president, raised and spent more money than any other election effort in history, and built the most sophisticated voter targeting technology ever before used on a national campaign. 

Book Cover: The Partisan Sort: How Liberals Became Democrats and Conservatives Became Republicans

The Partisan Sort: How Liberals Became Democrats and Conservatives Became Republicans

As Washington elites drifted toward ideological poles over the past few decades, did ordinary Americans follow their lead? In The Partisan Sort, Matthew Levendusky reveals that we have responded to this trend but not, for the most part, by becoming more extreme ourselves. While polarization has filtered down to a small minority of voters, it also has had the more significant effect of reconfiguring the way we sort ourselves into political parties.

Book cover: Crisis! : When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

Crisis! : When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

A timely analysis of the power and limits of political parties--and the lessons of the Civil War and the New Deal in the Age of Trump. American voters have long been familiar with the phenomenon of the presidential frontrunner. In 2008, it was Hillary Clinton. In 1844, it was Martin Van Buren. And in neither election did the prominent Democrat win the party's nomination. Insurgent candidates went on to win the nomination and the presidency, plunging the two-party system into disarray over the years that followed.

Book cover: The Great Alignment : Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump

The Great Alignment : Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump

Alan I. Abramowitz has emerged as a leading spokesman for the view that our current political divide is not confined to a small group of elites and activists but a key feature of the American social and cultural landscape. The polarization of the political and media elites, he argues, arose and persists because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Here, he goes further: the polarization is unique in modern U.S. history.

Book cover: Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate 1927-2010

Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate 1927-2010

Every two years, exit polls become the most widely analyzed written about and discussed data-set in the United States. Although exit polls are known for their use in predicting elections, they are in fact the best tool for explaining election results.

Book cover: Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future

Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future

In the wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the case that allowed corporate and union spending in elections, many Americans despaired over the corrosive influence that private and often anonymous money can have on political platforms, campaigns, and outcomes at the federal and state level.

Book cover: The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

Across the US, cities and metropolitan areas are facing huge economic and competitive challenges that Washington won't, or can't, solve. The good news is that networks of metropolitan leaders - mayors, business and labor leaders, educators, and philanthropists - are stepping up and powering the nation forward. 

Book cover: Super Tuesday: Regional Politics and Presidential Primaries

Super Tuesday: Regional Politics and Presidential Primaries

Super Tuesday 1988 was the first successful attempt to get several states in one region to hold their presidential primaries on the same day. Its success -- or lack thereof -- will affect the way presidents are elected for many years to come.

Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America : Second Edition

Thoroughly revised and updated, with an extensive analysis of the 2008 election, this book remains the best analysis of the Electoral College for both students and general readers.

Book cover: Electoral College Reform: Challenges and Possibilities

Electoral College Reform: Challenges and Possibilities

The United States has not updated the Electoral College system since the Twelfth Amendment was ratified in 1804, despite public opinion polls showing a majority of Americans are in favor of changing or outright abolishing it. 

Book cover: The Electoral College: An Analysis

The Electoral College: An Analysis

The electoral college system has evolved continuously since the first presidential election. Despite a number of close contests, this arrangement has selected the candidate with the most popular votes in 48 of 52 presidential elections since the current voting system was established. 

Book cover: Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican

Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican

Has the South, once the "Solid South" of the Democratic Party, truly become an unassailable Republican stronghold? If so, when, where, why, and how did this seismic change occur? Moreover, what are the implications for the U.S. body politic?

Book cover: Vote Thieves : Illegal Immigration, Redistricting, and Presidential Elections

Vote Thieves : Illegal Immigration, Redistricting, and Presidential Elections

Every ten years political representation in the U.S.House of Representatives is redistributed (reapportioned) among the fifty states. Vote Thieves explains a singular flaw that voters suspect but cannot put in plain words, and gives them the information they need to petition for a more responsive political system.

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Thank you

Thank you to Dr. Julie Lester, Middle Georgia State University Professor of Political Science and American Democracy Project Campus Coordinator, for contributing to this Subject Guide. For more information about civic engagement, please contact Dr. Lester at julie.lester@mga.edu.