“Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia about American politics and elections. Our goal is to connect people to politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at the local, state, and federal level.
‘Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The Lucy Burns Institute is funded entirely by private contributions, and does not receive government funding. Ballotpedia’s sister site is Judgepedia, an online encyclopedia of American courts and judges” (rrom the website’s About Us page, 10/23/2014). Learn more about the issues and candidates on Tennessee ballots for the 2014 election.
Find federal and state election results, information about current representatives and candidates for upcoming elections. The states summary pages provide a snapshot of each state’s representatives, its voting guidelines, and the results of recent key votes in the State Congress. Using the census district map, you can find out that Johnson City is in Tennessee’s first district.
Enter your zipcode to find incumbents and challengers in federal, state, and local government. Find information about the candidate’s voting record, public statements, endorsements, and campaign finances.
See a map of Johnson City’s government structure, read the agendas and minutes for City Commission meetings, or look at the city’s budget to find out what services are supported by the city and how they are funded.
Local newspapers are an excellent source for important details about upcoming elections and the candidates. Read articles from the Johnson City Press on the 2014 election.
This is the official websites of the Washington County Election Commission. Find a sample ballot and view the 2014 election calendar.
Learn about the role and work of the different offices, and find out more about the current holders of office.
Watch video clips of features from News Channel 11 on local politics, including upcoming elections.
The Help & FAQs provide details on how to use the Bill Search to see whether a bill passed or how a representative voted. Also find out how to contact State Senators and House representatives. Read about the process of how a bill becomes a law.
The Federal Election Commission provides campaign finance data. View graphical representations of campaign spending by state and by political party. Search the 2014 Candidate Summary to find campaign finance information on incumbents and challengers.
Track bills and resolutions at the federal and state levels, and check the voting records of federal and state Congress members.
This website offers an easy way to follow your federal Congress members through Twitter, Youtube, and the news. Use the map to find your state’s senators and representatives or search by name or location, and add them to your watch list. Profiles for each Congress member lists their party affiliation, office address, phone number, and links to their biography and website.
Follow the money on legislators and legislation. Find out which interest groups support or oppose a certain bill, and see which interest groups gave a contribution to a certain Congress member within a short window of time after voting on a bill. One interesting feature is the map of contributions, which provides a geographic snapshot of a politician’s contributions.
Search by state or by issue to find the voting records of Congress members and a collection of their quotes on key issues. This website also provides historical information on former office holders.
One of the Sunlight Foundation‘s government information tools, OpenCongress allows you to get a clearer picture of the work of Congress. Track bills in the House and Senate and write letters to your Congress members asking them to support or oppose proposed legislation. You can also view Senate and House members’ voting records, sponsored bills, committee membership, campaign finance and contact information.
OpenSecrets tracks campaign finances for presidential and congressional elections, funding behind congressional committees, and the personal finances of federal government officials. Learn about interest groups, lobbyists, and PACs and how they influence the federal government through finances.
Visit the Government and Law section of the Online Information Desk for more information about government officials running for office.