Top 10 Web Tools for Election '08

Election Day is just around the corner. So in order to help you get informed about the candidates, the issues, the numbers and the process, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 election-related tools on the web. Enjoy — and get out there and vote! [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/Top_10_Web_Tools_for_Election_08]

  1. Refresh your memory as to what the candidates have said in their speeches. Add election-related gadgets to your site, like Google’s series of electoral map and video mashups that link to clips of major candidates’ speeches and track where and when they spoke.
  2. Check out the latest polling data on your iPhone. Polling trend site Pollster.com, published by National Journal columnist and Democratic pollster Mark Blumenthal, and contrarian news, politics and culture web mag Slate.com, have linked up to create this handy app, Slate Poll Tracker.
  3. Get a closer look at polling data and electoral projections. The breakout success of election-related sites this electoral season, fivethirtyeight.com is run by two guys who’ve said they’re voting for Obama but that the site is about poll data, not partisanship.
  4. Follow the money. The non-partisan Open Secrets.org, run by the Center for Responsive Politics, tracks the flow of donations to candidates. Or poke around your friends’ and neighbors’ donations with Fundrace.org, run by the left-leaning megablog The Huffington Post.
  5. Find out which candidates are getting the most media and blogosphere attention. Perspctv.com follows the ebb and flow of coverage on the veeps and presidential contenders with a series of graphs and charts.
  6. See how the dailies weigh in on the candidates. Journalist Mark S. Luckie’s blog 10,000 Words has a bunch of helpful election-related links. If what the major papers think about the candidates might sway your vote, take a look at this newspaper endorsement map mashup.
  7. Take an issues-focused online quiz to find your ideal candidate match. Glassbooth.org’s Facebook quiz compares your responses to questions on major issues with candidates’ policy positions. But be ready for surprises: the quiz takes all candidates into account, not just the frontrunners.
  8. Tell the candidates how you really feel — and see what others are saying — by posting a video to the non-partisan whatwouldyousaytothepresident.com
  9. Don’t forget the regional elections. The League of Women Voters has a series of handy state-by-state guides to state and local candidates and ballot initiatives, measures and propositions, and Ballotopedia’s user-generated content helps unravel the pros and cons of proposals on this election’s ballots.
  10. And if you haven’t voted yet, get ready for Nov. 4 by finding your polling place via map tools from Google and Vote411.org.
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