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Political Communication

This Guide

I votedUse this guide to learn a variety ways of contacting your political representatives from various jurisdictions.  It also includes information on voting as well as researching political communication. 


  • IC's Get out the Vote Campaign -  Check the college website during election season (typically through Student Affairs)
  • is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan voting registration and get out the vote (GOTV) technology platform in America
  • How to Vote: 7 simple steps for beginners   This primer was created by an organization called STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service).
  • League of Women Voters (Tompkins County). They highlight VOTE411 as a great place to find general voting information.
  • Tompkins County: Board of Elections  I always look at the sample ballot (see left menu); it looks just like the ballot you'll fill out to vote. New news is
    that you can request an absentee ballot & use COVID-19 (select "temporary illness") as a reason (August 2020).

Democracy & Dragons

Democracy & Dragons. 

"Democracy & Dragons is a “GET OUT AND VOTE” project brought together by The Technology and Social Change Research Project featuring the award winning comic book artist Liz Prince, and voter education resources from media literacy specialists Mediawise."


Note: This guide was written by the retired Social Science Librarian, John Henderson with updates by Cathy Michael, Communications Librarian.

Cathy Michael

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Cathy Michael
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Ithaca, NY 14850‑7002