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Election 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
is Election Day!

Polls are open 7 a.m.—8 p.m.

Have Questions? We have resources for you!

Fact-Checking Sites

  • is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
  • Michigan Truth Squad
    The Michigan Truth Squad is a reporting project of Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. Each analysis is produced by the staff of Bridge Magazine and freelancers with deep experience in state politics and policy.
  • Politifact
    PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
  • Project Vote Smart
    Free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials and their votes, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding.
  • ProPublica
    ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
  • Fact Checker (Washington Post)
    From award-winning Washington Post columnist, Glenn Kessler, the Fact Checker "truth squads" the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.

Websites for Elections Research

 There’s still time to do some research if you have questions or want to learn more about topics such as immigration, gun control, women in politics, national security, and many more.  Here are some sites you might find useful:

  • Michigan Secretary of State
    Numerous links to resources including a full candidate listing for all open offices.
  • Michigan SOS Voter Information
    This is a great shortcut within the Secretary of State site that allows people to quickly double-check that they are registered to vote, see where their polling place is, and see a sample ballot for their precinct.
    Side-by-side comparison between candidates on 75 key issues as well as other resources.
  • Pew Research Center: U.S. Politics & Policy
    Independent opinion research about American attitudes on politics and major policy issues and study the changing U.S. electorate by measuring long-term trends in political values and public policy priorities, as well as conducting timely and topical polling on the issues of the day.
  • PBS News Hour: Watch the Debates
    Watch and interact with every presidential debate since 1960, browse full debates and highlights, and track how candidates debate specific issues.
  • Vote411
    Created by the National League of Women Voters, this site offers nonpartisan information on national, state, and local elections. Voters can enter an address and see what is on their ballot, read questionnaires from the candidates, and mark their choices to make a personalized "cheat sheet" to bring to the polls.

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