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Elections: Key Resources

Federal Election Resources

Project Vote Smart

Key Resources

  • American Presidency Project
  • Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
  • Election Statistics
  • Guide to U.S. Elections
  • Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008

Other Resources

  • America at the Polls, 1920-1992
  • America Votes
  • Presidential Ballots, 1836-1892
  • Presidential Vote, 1896-1932
  • Source Book of American Presidential Campaign & Election Statistics, 1948-1968
  • Statistical History of the American Electorate
  • U.S. Congressional Elections, 1788-1997
  • U.S. Presidential Candidates & the Elections
  • U.S. Presidential Elections, 1788-1860
  • U.S. Presidential Primary Elections, 1968-1996

Federal Elections -- Key Resources

American Presidency Project

  • Data Archive
    • Success of the President's Party in Congressional Elections (1932+)
    • 2008 General Election Preferences Over Time (from Gallup Daily Tracking Poll)
    • Days Before/After the First Day of Convention Vice-Presidential Nominees Were Selected (1968+)
    • Popular & Electoral Vote Mandates (1824+)
    • Representation of President's Party in House Elections (1824+)
    • Voter Turnout in Presidential Elections (1824+)
    • Election Year Presidential Preferences: Gallup Poll Accuracy Record (1936+)
    • Financing Presidential General Elections (1860+)
    • Percent of Convention Delegates Selected through Primary Election (1912+)
  • Elections
    • Presidential Elections Data (1828+)
    • Documents Related to the 2000 Election Dispute

Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections (1789+) -- provides maps of election results for president, governors, and senators.

Election Statistics (1920+) -- "Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories." Provided as pdf files, the title varies:
Statistics of the presidential and congressional election of ... : showing the highest vote for presidential electors, and the vote cast for each nominee for United States senator, representative, resident commissioner, and delegate to the ... Congress, together with a recapitulation thereof, including the electoral vote

Guide to U.S. Elections
Reference JK 1967 .C662 2005
31 chapters in two volumes, covering:

  • Elections in America
  • Political Parties (Campaign Finance, Politics & Issues, Political Party Development, Historical Profiles of American Political Parties, Historical Significance of Southern Primaries)
  • Presidential Elections (Presidential Elections & Primaries, Nominating Conventions, Key Convention Ballots, Electoral College)
  • Congressional Elections (House & Senate Returns, Reapportionment & Redistricting)
  • Gubernatorial Elections -- a non-partisan site providing links for the federal & state candidates, political parties, political news, and campaign issues.

Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008 (University of Richmond) -- "examines the evolution of presidential politics in the United States across the span of American history. The project offers a wide spectrum of cinematic and interactive visualizations of how Americans voted in presidential elections at the county level over the past 164 years. You can also find expert analysis and commentary videos that discuss some of the most interesting and significant trends in American political history."