Subject Guides:

U.S. Presidential Election Process

How did Al Gore win the popular vote and lose the last presidential election? The same thing happened to Andrew Jackson, Samuel J. Tilden, and Grover Cleveland. It is all part of the American Election Process, an indirect election based on the Electoral College votes in presidential elections.


Find Books in the Library

To find books start with a keyword search in the Library's
online catalog, Voyager, using terms such as elections, voting, or electoral college .

You might want to consult the following books in the Reference Area:

  • America at the polls : a handbook of American presidential election statistics. LAC Ref JK524 .A4 1994
  • Congressional Quarterly's guide to U.S. elections. LAC Ref JK1967 .C662 1994
  • Presidential elections, 1789-1996. LAC and PCC Ref JK524 .P6783 1997

Find Electronic Books

Again, perform a keyword search on terms such as voting or elections in Voyager, the online catalog, and add a Quick Limit of E-Books. Follow the instructions for electronic books to view the full text online. Alternately, go directly to NetLibrary at and search for elections. (Obtain passwords from the Librarian)

Find Articles from Library's Online Databases

From the Library's Online Databases web page, use the following online databases to search for articles and election information. (Obtain passwords from the Librarian)

CQ Researcher
Encyclopedia Britannica
Opposing Viewpoints
SIRS Government Reporter or SIRS Researcher

Find Internet Resources

Follow these links to learn more about the election process and the upcoming elections. Also visit the Library's Internet Resources web page under Government/Politics. (No passwords necessary)

American Presidents Life Portraits (includes video archive):
Brief Overview of the Election Process:
California Elections and Voter Information:
California Online Voter Guide:
California Propositions for November 2004 Ballot:
Debates--Transcripts of Presidential Debates:
Democratic National Committee:
Electoral College Info. from the Federal Election Commission:
FactCheck.Org--Annenberg Political Fact Check:
George W. Bush Official Website:
How the Electoral College Works:
John Kerry Official Website:
On the Issues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue: (non-partisan):
Presidential Elections and the Electoral College:
Presidental Factfile:
Presidential Facts:
Presidential Lists and Records:
Presidential Trivia:
Republican National Committee:
United States Elections:
U.S. Electoral College:
Who Elects the President:

Democratic National Committee   Left
Don't Forget to Vote!
(find your LA County voting location)
republican national committee
Republican National Committee
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Compiled 10/2004 by P. Nielson
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