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CNET Top 5
CNET Top 5: Election Web sitesTom Merritt counts down the best unbiased resources for researching elections on the Web.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Welcome to CNET Top 5 where each time we meet we countdown another hot CNET list, I'm Tom Merritt. It's election season here in the good ol' U.S. of A. and whether you're a wig or a federalist or whatever you are, you need some good resources to decide which candidate deserves your valuable vote. So, I as benevolent dictator have 'dained to decree a list to help you. Sorry, I guess my political strifes are showing a bit there. I'm kind of a Royalist. Let's count down the Top 5 Election Web sites. Coming in at number 5, your local Secretary of State. Well, in most states anyway. This is who handles the election, but whoever it is in your state, the state government has a treasure throve of bipartisan information about the elections. Start there, you'd be surprised what's available. Coming in at number 4, SmartVoter.org. If you're having a hard time finding your local states web site, this is the place to go. It's run by the League of Women Voters, but it's okay guys, we can use it too. Chuckfull of nuts and bolts information on how elections work and how to find out more about a candidate. Up to number 3, Project Vote Smart at vote-smart.org. Back in January, I had no idea that Alan Keyes and Mike Gravel were still running for President, but they knew it on this website. It's a great collection of in-depth and unbiased facts about who's running. Sliding in at number 2, Political Base. Some old CNET folks went off to start this wiki of politics. It lets you follow the money given by donors and sound off on issues while you compare candidates positions on those issues. Well worth to dive in. Before we get to number 1, let's check in on the Top 5 Political Blogs. These are definitely biased, but, hey, when you want an opinion, they're the place to go. All right, let's get to our number 1. For the top spot in election resources, we nominate, nay decree, at number 1, it's glassbooth.org. This site is clean, well-designed and combines one of those 'take the quiz' approaches to choosing a candidate with scads of resources, so you can see why the candidates agree with or disagree with what you believe. You can spend hours here investigating the actual beliefs and statements of the candidates. That's why it gets our vote. Well, that's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. We have links to all these sites at our blog, blog.CNETTV.com. I'm Tom Merritt, see you next time. ^M00:02:32 [ Music ]