Political Fact Checking

Are your elected officials being honest in their statements? Are things being said about a certain politician true? It’s important to not jump to conclusions and know the facts, not only for voting in elections, but also for forming political opinions, engaging in informed debate, and holding politicians accountable. Luckily, there are many reliable sources to help you with this.

Resources for National Politics

  • FactCheck.org – This nonpartisan and nonprofit site aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics. They apply journalism and scholarship to monitor the factual accuracy of major political players, including the presidential candidates.
  • PolitiFact.com – Another fact-checking site for elected officials and other politicians, this one uses the trademarked Truth-O-Meter to rate accuracy, from “True” to “Pants on Fire.”
  • PunditFact.com – Many Americans get political information from pundits, or individuals who offer commentary and analysis on political news, whether through television programs, blogs, social media, or interviews. This site also uses the Truth-O-Meter to determine the accuracy of statements from these types of outlets.
  • Washington Post Fact Checker – Using their Pinocchio test to fact check political figures and candidates, this website and newspaper column also attempts to clarify issues and provide missing context.
  • OpenSecrets.org – The Center for Responsive Politics tracks money in US politics and its effect on elections and public policy, in order to make the government, politicians, and candidates more transcaregiver to citizens.
  • Federal Elections Commission – The FEC oversees the public funding of Presidential elections, enforces laws pertaining to campaign contributions, and discloses campaign finance information to the American Public. Their Campaign Finance Data portal lets voters see how candidates and committees raise and spend money in federal elections. allowing them to perform their own analysis of the data and make informed decisions.
  • FollowTheMoney.org – The National Institute on Money in Politics is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization whose mission is to gather data from a variety of sources, and make it readily available to the public to help clarify the role money plays in politics.
  • VoteSmart.org – This comprehensive site tracks thousands of politicians to collect information on their public records, voting history, statements, and more to help voters make informed decisions. 
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Controversial issues, such as climate change, abortion, and gun control, are inextricably linked to politics. This resource, accessible with your UA Library card number and PIN, allows you to educate yourself about the issues, and, more importantly, get both sides of the argument. 

Resources for State and Local Politics

  • Ohio PolitiFact – Focusing on Ohio candidates and political statements about Ohio, this state Politifact site does the fact checking research for you.
  • Judicial Votes Count – Don’t skip the judicial races on your ballot! This site, from the University of Akron, helps voters understand how Ohio’s court system works, why it’s important to vote in judicial races, and how to cast an informed vote. 
  • League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus –  Check back often with LWV to get helpful voting information, find out about relevant events and forums, and, closer to major elections, access the popular Voters Guide.
  • Columbus Dispatch Archives and Today’s Paper – For local and state-related political news, use your UA Library card number and PIN to search full-text articles from the Columbus Dispatch and read today’s paper.

Voting Resources

  • VoteOhio.gov – From the Ohio Secretary of State, this site includes everything you need to know about voting in Ohio, including your rights, voting legislation in Ohio, and even Ohio campaign finance information.
  • Franklin County Board of Elections – Register to vote, view your sample ballot, find your polling location, and more, through this site.
  • Vote411.org – From the League of Women Voters, visit this site before every election to see what’s on your ballot, and to compare candidates’ positions on important issues.
  • Ballotpedia – A digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections, at all levels of government, this site has neutral and accurate information about government officials, candidates, and issues.
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