The American election is just around the corner - only a little more than 24 hours away. As we approach the event itself, it is worth acquainting ourselves with the facts, issues, candidates and platforms from the perspective of as many quality resources as possible - note what I just said there: quality. Not all resources are equal - some are biased to the point of distortion of the truth, some are so self-possessed by their creators' personal, ideological, or economic aims that they select only those parts of the truth that advantage their preferred outcome, and of course some are intellectual junk food, poorly researched, poorly written, poorly cited, or a combination of these. This is part of the problem with our condition today - we're flooded with information and infotainment and asked to consume and evaluate it in a limited time, and further, when most people are not experts in politics, economics, or sociology.
Enter this post - put simply, I have collected a selection of resources to help - ideologically diverse and competent reporting and analysis, on the one hand, formal platforms of parties and candidates on the other, and finally key government and NGO sources of information. These sources, taken together, should help anyone interested in researching the specifics of the upcoming contest, not to mention anyone interested in following the polls and counts as the elections are held and returns come in.
And FYI, these are the principle resources I'll be using on Election Day myself - so consider them as having my eyebrow-waggle of approval.
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Platforms, Parties, and Candidates
USA.gov / Voting and Elections
USAID ElectionGuide / United States of America
Non-Governmental and Watchdog Organizations
Administration and Cost of Elections Encyclopaedia, "United States of America"
Academic and Scientific Sources
Cornell University's Roper Center for Public Opinion Research / US Elections
Al Jazeera / US Elections 2016
The Atlantic / Politics & Policy
BBC News / US Election 2016
Christian Science Monitor / USA / Politics
Democracy Now! / 2016 Election
Financial Times / US Election 2016
Guardian / Election 2016
Independent / US Election 2016
Los Angeles Times / Politics
Nation / Election 2016
New York Times / Politics
NPR / Politics
PBS Newshour / Politics
ProPublica / Electionland
Spiegel / 2016 US Presidential Election
US News & World Report / 2016 Presidential Election
Vox / Policy & Politics
Wall Street Journal / Politics
Washington Post / Politics