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HIST 302/COM 497: U.S. Government Information Resources

Provides access to books, journal, articles, statistics, websites, and video webcasts about U.S. Presidential elections.


Many U.S. Government information resources provide information on presidential campaigns and debates.  Examples of these include:

Census Bureau Voting and Voter Registration 
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (1878-2012)(Annual Census Bureau statistical compilation.) HERE for 2013-present.
Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress 1774-Present
Electoral College (National Archives)

Federal Election Commission (U.S. Govt. agency responsible for regulating presidential & congressional elections since 1975)

U.S. Election Assistance Commission (Organization established by the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to carry out election administration reforms.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1858 (National Park Service). Additional MATERIAL from Northern Illinois University Library.
Commission on Presidential Debates (Non-government organization established in 1987 to organize presidential debates.) Born Free by Kid Rock. Used by Mitt Romney in 2012.
Presidential Campaign Songs (Library of Congress) and HERE
Library of Congress Presidential Campaign Resources

ProQuest Congressional (Historic U.S. documents including congressional committee and reports and congressional debate from 1789-1969 with congressional debate until 1997)
Measuring Worth (University of Illinois-Chicago dataset measuring purchasing power and consumer price index changes).
Bush v. Gore (2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision deciding this election by stopping Florida recount efforts.-Courtesy: Cornell University Law School) Listen to this case's oral arguments on December 11, 2000 (Courtesy:  Oyez-University of Chicago Kent School of Law)
January 6, 2001 House of Representatives debate approving of 2000 election electoral votes and debate over Florida recount controversy from Congressional Record.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibiting government restriction of independent political expenditure by profit and non-profit corporations, labor unions, and associations.  Listen to this case's oral argument on March 9, 2009 Courtesy:  PBS.
Presidential Libraries and Records (Features text of presidential documents including campaign strategy documents)

Congressional Research Service (Objective reports on public policy issues from this branch of the Library of Congress)

National Popular Vote Initiative:  Proposing Direct Election of the President Through an Interstate Compact (April 25, 2019 CRS report)