Voting & democracy
US House of Representatives
Get in touch with your Representative, and learn about the history, the rules, and the committee system of the U.S. House of Representatives.
United States Senate
Connect with your U.S. Senators! In addition, the Senate's official Web site provides historical information, explains how the Senate works, and gives information about the various committees.
Citizen's Guide to the FEC (Federal Election Commission)
Everything you need to know about elections and voting can be found through this site from the Federal Election Commission. Includes information about the Electoral College and the structure of the U.S. Federal Election System.
THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet (US Library of Congress)
Searching for bills or legislation currently in session or already passed? THOMAS, from the Library of Congress, brings you the most current and historic legislative information online. The site is an excellent resource for legal research.
National Voter Registration (Elections Assistance Commission)
The National Voter Registration Form is the one document that allows you to register to vote from anywhere in the United States. Download and print the form from this Web site, and get yourself registered!
Presidential Libraries (National Archives and Records Admin)
The 10 Presidential Libraries are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents since Herbert Hoover.
Our Documents (US Natl Archives & Records Admin)
The Our Documents initiative revolves around 100 milestone documents that have shaped the course of American history. Its goal is to encourage all Americans to read them and engage in a national dialogue about their meaning and importance.
Legislative Branch Internet Resources (US Library of Congress)
This page of links from Thomas Legislative Information (part of the Library of Congress) provides internet access to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as all Legislative Branch support agencies.
We the People (National Endowment for the Humanities)
We The People's mission is to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture by providing grants and other opportunities to scholars, teachers, filmmakers, museums, libraries, and other institutions.
US Electoral College Information (US Natl Archives and Records Admin)
Doing research or just curious about the US Electoral College? This site contains a guide to the Electoral College process as well as archives of all past vote totals from 1789 to the most current Presidential election in 2000.
US Executive Branch Resources (US Library of Congress)
Researching the Executive Branch? This Library of Congress resource links to sites for the Executive Office of the President and Executive Agencies, as well as Independent Agencies, Boards, Commissions, and Committees.
Online Exhibit Hall (Nat'l Archives and Records Administration)
The Natl Archives is a public trust on which US democracy depends, allowing citizens, agencies, and officials to inspect for themselves the record and history of what government has done. Check out these exhibits, and see for yourself!
About the National Voter Registration Act (US Dept of Justice)
A description of the "Motor Voter Act" of 1993, which allows an application for or renewal of a driver's license to serve as an application for voter registration.
Supreme Court Decisions Online (Natl Technical Information Service)
Thousands of full-text Supreme Court decisions can be viewed online here! Search by case name or keyword, and view the full text of Supreme Court decisions issued between 1937 and 1975. Brought to you by FedWorld, from the US Dept of Commerce.
As a citizen, you can use this site to make your voice heard in the federal rulemaking process! Find, review, & submit comments on pending federal regulations and have the government take your view into account when considering new rules.
Hinds' Precedents of the House of Representatives of the United States
Hinds' Precedents is useful as both an historical document and for its insights into parliamentary procedure and precedents in the House. It provides valuable coverage of the historical origins and evolution of House procedures from 1789 to 1936.
Treasury's Learning Vault (US Dept of the Treasury)
At Treasury's Learning Vault, you can learn all about the history of the Treasury Department, its role in the federal government as steward of U.S. economic & financial systems, and its mission to serve you. For students of all ages.
Federal Register Online (US Government Printing Office)
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies/organizations, and Executive Orders and other Presidential documents. Search it online at this GPO site.
Project Vote Smart EXIT disclaimer
This national nonpartisan effort researches, tracks and provides information on over 13,000 candidates for state and federal office. They also have internship programs available. Check it out!
Voter Information Services (Congressional Report Cards) EXIT disclaimer
Congressional Report Cards will help you better understand what kind of legislation individual members of the U.S. Congress supported or opposed. Non-partisan and non-profit. Make informed choices!