Smart Voter -- by the League of Women Voters

The United States Government
How to Use it, and How it Works.

No lectures, no hype, minimal graphics. Just information.
If you have additions, corrections or comments,
please feel free to send me some mail.

There's a lot of information here.
I suggest that you might want to skim this page or, if you want to find out
who your representatives are, how they voted, and where they get their financing,
you might want to click here.

Click here to track your representatives
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Here is a source for some general information about our government.

The major guiding and governing documents of this country are here:

These are all available from the National Archives.

The Government is divided into three distinct branches: The Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.
Here's an introduction to how the process works.

Search Pending Bills

Laws are made by the U.S. Senate Official Location Alternate Location
and the House of Representatives Official Location Alternate Location
supported by Congressional Support Agencies. Here are the duties of our congressional representatives.
Congress is part of the Legislative Branch.

Laws can be vetoed or signed into law by the President of the United States,
who lives in the White House.
The president is part of the Executive Branch.

If a law is challanged, it can be interperted for constitutionality by the Supreme Court,
which is part of the Judicial Branch.

Here is a wealth of information about our government, and how it works.
Here is a glossary of terms.

That's how you are governed. But who does it?

Now, let's find out:

Fine. Now, how did a specific person vote? Find out here:

Now you know something about an elected official.
But what did they say when they were running for office?
And how did they actually vote?
Find out here!

Another important question is: How did they finance their campaign?

If you want even more help scrutinizing your elected officials, there are a lot of watchdogs doing that already.
There are tracking resources, such as Congress Track. Or, you can do it yourself.
You might also want to check out the Right To Know Network.

To get information and services from your government, here is a list of government resources.

Do you think your only voting choices are the republicrats?
Well, there are a lot of parties out there, and most of them have web pages!

Don't forget these helpful organizations:

I like my senators to hear from me.

And my representatives.
Representatives: Connecticut has 6 but you are represented by only 1, by district.
If you know what district you're in, you can write to your
representative directly (if they have a direct e-mail address.)
Otherwise, you can find and write your representative HERE.

State Government

Ok, I couldn't resist. Here are some State Government Resources

The race for Congress, Governor and the General Assembly is on!
Here's my info.
Here is some general information.
Here is some news and information about the upcoming election.

  • Connecticut State Government Information
  • A Guide to Connecticut's State Government
  • State Government & Politics Organized by Category
  • Other Sources of State Information
  • Connecticut Congress Members and Candidates
  • Connecticut Governing documents
  • The Rules of the Connecticut General Assembly
  • Connecticut Information
  • Connecticut Legislative Guide
  • Connecticut State Agencies
  • The Connecticut General Assembly
  • The Connecticut Sitting Council
  • Search the Sitting Council for upcoming items on the docket, by town
  • New Haven Information
  • New Haven City Government Links
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law in the City of New Haven
  • Simplified Organizational Chart of the City of New Haven
  • Information for my neighborhood

    Finally, because I am who I am, let's end with a little political humor. Plus, Tom Tomorrow

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