Every Type of Content on Voting and Elections at Your Fingertips

Voting and Elections Collection integrates a wealth of data, authoritative analyses, concise explanations, and historical material to provide a powerful research and reference tool on the American voter, major and minor political parties, campaigns and elections, and historical and modern races for Congress, the presidency, and governorships.

The Collection supports course work in campaigns and elections, Congress, and the presidency, including the Advanced Placement course in American Government and Politics and scholarly research in political science and American history.


This research and reference website is organized into six categories:

  • Presidential Elections includes explanations of the presidential electoral process, analyses and data for historical and modern presidential elections, modern voting behavior, key events and issues, and biographies.

  • Congressional Elections provides explanations of the congressional electoral process, including reapportionment and redistricting; data for historical and modern congressional elections; analyses of modern congressional elections; modern voting behavior; modern district profiles; key events and issues; and biographies.

  • Gubernatorial Elections presents explanations of the gubernatorial electoral process and data for historical and modern gubernatorial elections. 

  • Campaigns and Elections explores the American system of voting and elections, electoral process and reform, media, interest groups, and the impact of money.

  • Political Parties covers the party system in America, including party strength and control, and profiles Democratic, Republican, and third parties.

  • Voters and Demographics covers expansion of voting rights, voter turnout, voting behavior, modern county census data, and modern district profiles.

Robust Data

With the Compare Data feature, users can generate customized data about various aspects of elections in America. (This is in addition to the thousands and thousands of searchable, linked tables already available in the Collection.) Some of the compare data features include:

  • Candidate finder and Vote counts to track a candidate's political career and how percentage of the vote changed in the move from challenger to incumbent. Through Vote counts,researchers can view overall trends in the total Democratic and Republican vote, for example, looking at trends in a particular state over the years to understand current elections in that state or trends in the nationwide presidential vote over the years.

  • Elections with open seats and Landslide elections and close races to study incumbency and reelection rates, open seat races, and races based on competitiveness, for example, by looking at all candidates who won between 45 to 55% of the vote or who won over 60% of the vote. 

  • Party Control, Split Districts, and Third party candidates to analyze party control and strength in the House and to understand the impact and activity of third party candidates.

  • House seats that changed party and Special elections to find all the changes that affect officeholders outside of the regular election cycle.


The CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection includes the following features:

  • Featured infographics visualize current data in elections, demonstrating how to gather and analyze data on Voting and Elections Collection.
  • Collected encyclopedia entries explain more than 200 terms and concepts in campaigns and elections.
  • Sources and Definitions focuses on the data in the Collection, providing easily accessed definitions of terms commonly used with data and describing sources and provenance.
  • Recommended Resources provide links to related elections, campaign, and voter information sites.

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