Voter Resources

One of the greatest rights we have as American citizens is the right to vote. We live in a nation of democracy, and this gives each and every one of us a great deal of power. But that power, and democracy itself, is threatened when people do not vote in public elections.

Why should I vote? Because democracy only works when we actually get out there, learn the facts, and cast a vote.
Use these resources to find out more about voting in U.S. public elections and learn answers to common questions such as "where do I go to register to vote?" and "when is the election?".

More Resources

National Mail Voter Registration Form

Use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to register to vote in United States elections. You can also use this form to update registration information if you have changed your name or changed address. Note: After completing this form you must mail it to a state or local election office for processing.


Contact Elected Officials

Call, e-mail, or mail U.S. state and federal elected officials and government agencies.


National Election Calendar

The National Election Calendar tracks election dates, absentee ballot deadlines, voter registration deadlines and early voting times.


What is the Electoral College?


Direct Democracy: Referenda and Initiatives

This resource defines and details various facets of direct democracy.
Browse specific topics within the article by clicking on the links below.

  • Direct Democracy: Referenda and Initiatives
  • Direct Democracy: Recall of Elected Officials
  • The Elements of State Constitutions
  • Local Charters: How Much Local Discretion?
  • Political Culture and its Effect on Governing
  • People: Dealing with Demographics
  • Environment and Resources: Variations in Needs and Tax Capacity
  • Balanced Budgets
  • State and Local Expenditures on Day-to-Day Domestic Matters
  • State Government Revenues
  • Local Government Revenues
  • The Federal Government as a Fiscal Equalizer
  • States in National Politics: Formal Roles
  • States in National Politics: Informal Functions
  • Institutions of State Government: Legislative Branch- Formulating and Approving Policy
  • Institutions of State Government: Executive Branch- Putting Policy into Action
  • Institutions of State Government: Judicial Branch- Resolving Questions of Law
  • General Purpose Local Governments
  • Single Purpose Local Governments

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