Voting Answers

Are You Registered to Vote?

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library encourages you to register to vote and then go to the polls and cast your ballot. You can check the status of your registration here.

Here are some resources to help you understand issues, contact your representatives, and exercise your civic muscle.

Candidates and Parties | Voter Registration | Issues & Commentary | Keeping Up with the News | Legislation | Links of Interest
 


Candidates and Parties

Voting Signs

To keep up to date with pending elections, visit the Virginia Department of Elections.

The Green Party of Virginia
Independent Green of Virginia
Virginia Democratic party
Virginia Libertarian party
Virginia Republican party
 

The Presidential Election: How It Works - An overview of the process from a nationwide perspective.

Project Vote Smart - Non-partisan Web site providing access to candidate information including past voting records. You can also find more information about party platforms.


Voter Registration - Polling Places or Where Do I Vote?

Contact the registrars' office for your locale for information on how to register to vote or for the location of your polling place.  You may also register to vote online.  

City of Fredericksburg Registrar

Spotsylvania Registrar

Stafford Registrar

Westmoreland Registrar

Virginia State Department of Elections - Find the place to register and vote in your locality in Virginia
 


Issues and Commentary

You can track issues and commentary in the mainstream news, or you might use one of these sites to focus on political commentary.

Virginia

Election Information
Vist the Virginia Department of Elections to read about proposed amendments or other ballot issues.

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball
Intrigued? The brainchild of UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato, the Crystal Ball started off as single pre-election seminars featuring the major presidential, gubernatorial, and Congressional contests from across the nation. The site has quickly grown into one of the most accurate, comprehensive election analysis resources on the web.

Nationally

Common Cause
A nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest, and accountable government. Track contributions, political news, and elections.
 

Keeping Up with the News

Find a news channel or paper that speaks to your interests. You'll be able to find a range of voices from conservative to liberal.

CNN
Ubiquitous headline news channel.

Christian Science Monitor
"In an age of corporate conglomerates dominating news media, the Monitor combination of church ownership, a public-service mission, and commitment to covering the world (not to mention the fact that it was founded by a woman shortly after the turn of the century, when US women didn't yet have the vote!) gives the paper a uniquely independent voice in journalism." [from Christian Science Monitor]

Fox News
A media conglomerate, available on network, cable, and the Web.

The Free Lance-Star
Local paper's coverage of events in the news. 

National Public Radio
"...NPR serves more than 750 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations. Each member station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming." [from NPR]

The New York Times
"All the news that's fit to print" is the masthead. Find current U.S. and international news.


Richmond Times-Dispatch
Free registration to read stories from Virginia's capital.

The Washington Post
The newspaper of the nation's capital, nation, and world.

The Washington Times
The Times bills itself as America's newspaper.
 


Tracking Legislation and Who Are My Legislators?

The Federal Register - The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. An opportunity to keep informed about public comment deadlines as well as other public notices of the U.S.

Congress.gov - Federal legislative information on the Internet. Find out what's being considered in Congress now or in the past, text of public laws and bills, voting records, and more.

Virginia Code and Laws - State legislative information.

Who's My Legislator? (in Virginia) -- Enter your street address, city, and zip to find out who represents you. Includes a handy email link to send them a message.

Contact Elected Officials (in Congress) -- find out who represents you.
 


Other Links of Interest to Help You Vote

Asia Pacific Islander American Vote - encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels.

Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets - Lists contributions for political candidates beyond the presidential races. Information is drawn from publicly available information filed with the Federal Election Commission.

FiveThirtyEight - Founded by Nate Silver, who successfully predicted the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.  The politics area of the site uses statistical analysis of polling data to forecast elections, and examines political trends across the nation.

League of Women Voters - Non-partisan information on democratic process for Virginia. See their Vote411, an interactive online voter guide with nonpartisan, state-specific election information.

Military Voter - Help for service members and their families, including those who wish to use the absentee ballot.

NAACP - Encouraging African-American participation in the democratic process.

National Council of La Raza - Encouraging Latino American participation in the democratic process

Politifact - A fact-checking website, run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.