Policies, Issues & Facts

Where can I find key differences and facts on policies and issues from the political parties and candidates?

On policies and issues that the political parties stand for, you can start with the party platforms on our page of "Political Parties", which are the official documents from the parties, but they can be very long to read.

For candidates, their campaign websites are the place to start, which summarize where the candidates stand and what they envision.

For example, here are the presidential candidates platforms:

Donald Trump: https://www.promiseskept.com/ (Be aware of the disinformation and propaganda nature of this site).

Other Sites and Fact-based Resources

https://www.isidewith.com/ is the site where you can take a quiz and find out how your beliefs and preferences can line up with which candidates and political parties running in the election.

https://2020election.procon.org/ is the site that provides lists of key issues and comparisons among the political candidates, including a chart on the presidential candidates: https://2020election.procon.org/view.source-summary-chart.php

https://usafacts.org/ is a site that aims to track the facts and data related to key issues and policies that are being debated among parties and candidates. The voting center of this site, https://usafacts.org/voter-center, helps to bring up quotes and comparisons among candidates in different states and elected positions.

https://www.ontheissues.org/ provides more in-depth records of the candidates and politicians, where they stand on issues and policies, and their voting records.

Voting Records and Past Orders

Where politicians stand is best reflected by their voting records. https://www.govtrack.us/ is the 1-stop non-partisan fact-based resource center to keep track the voting records of the US congressional members, including senators and house members.

You can find executive orders of the White House and the president from the official White House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/

You can also find reviews and analyses of Trump's 4-years as a US president in articles and books by non-partisan public policy institutions (be aware of their political spectrum and where they stand on these issues).

More on Candidates and Policies

Many publicly trusted non-profits organizations provide voter education guide and fact-based references. Social advocacy groups and organizations also endorse candidates based on certain policy and criteria, such as environmental causes, gun regulation, public education, women's rights, criminal justice reform, economic access, etc.

These organizations issue endorsements based on their review of the candidates. This is why you will see endorsements by these well-known organizations listed on the websites of candidates. Read our page on Voter Guide to learn more about the process and how you can research about candidates and their policies.

Asian American Votes

http://aapidata.com/policy is the site run by https://www.apiavote.org/, a trusted source and long-term advocacy non-profit for Asian Americans. The site contains education on different issues and policies, and researched data from the AAPI population.

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