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Most political party sites have two main themes, information and action. They provide information about the party platform, history, and news, and they offer opportunities to get involved in the action by volunteering, contributing, joining, and telling friends. This article contains annotations to selected free sites and Internet resources that provide information about the electoral college, political parties, and the 2004 federal elections.


In America two hundred years ago you had to be a wealthy, white male in order to vote. African Americans (freedmen) could theoretically vote when the 15th Amendment passed in 1869, but still suffer from discriminatory practices despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1920, American women were granted the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Most Americans will pay lip service to the value of self-governance; little more than 50% of eligible voters turn out on Election Day to select the leader of their country. Today, you don’t have to be wealthy, white, or male to vote or go online. In 2000, women outnumbered men at the polls and on the Internet.