This revised 2012 edition sketches the way primary and general elections work, not only the role of political parties, but also the nuts and bolts of voting machines and poll workers, opinion polls and campaign finance.
Policy Resources & Research
- Deutsche Version
U.S. Elections: Useful Resources
- Video recording of election breakfast panel discussion at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, November 7, 2012.
- Video recording of the opening remarks of Ambassador Murphy at Deutsch Telekom in Berlin on election night, November 6, 2012
- U.S. Embassy Election 2012 School Project – in cooperation with LISUM Berlin-Brandenburg, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, and "eXplorarium" LIFE e.V.
- For the 2012 Elections, the Foreign Press Centers (FPC) have compiled an impressive list of resources, covering Candidates, Election Calendar, U.S. Election Process and a Glossary of U.S. Election Terms
(The State Department's FPCs seek to promote the “depth, accuracy, and balance of foreign reporting from the U.S.” by providing “direct access to authoritative American information sources.”)
- Video: What is a caucus?
- Nathan Ashworth runs the website www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com – “not sponsored by any candidate, PAC or any other election-related entity”
- 2012 Republican primaries timeline and results
- Our Leipzig consulate has also published an election timeline
- Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project: Social Media and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections
- CQ Researcher on Presidential Elections
- see also: Midterm Elections 2010
- Archive: U.S. Presidential Election 2008
eJournal USA: Youth Votes! The 2012 U.S. Elections
This issue of eJournal USA looks at how the Millennials — Americans born from the early 1990s to the turn of the century — are changing the face of the U.S. electorate and politics. How are they different from previous generations? What is at stake for the Millennial Generation in the November 2012 election? Are they joining the two major U.S. political parties? And why do they support various candidates and causes?
You will find answers to many of these questions in a Facebook debate between young Democratic and Republican activists, in blogs by campaign volunteers and in the Millennial Generation portrait grounded in recent data.