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Resources for Population Assessments

Public Health Nursing Assessment Tool for NURS 446, 480, 485, 486

A-1: Local, State & Federal Structure

To find out who represents your community at different levels of government, go to Project Vote Smart http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm) This site allows you to look up your elected officials using your zip code. You can find other information on the Political Organization of your community on state and local government Websites. These often provide citizens' guides, organizational charts, and detailed agency descriptions.

To find information on Voter Registration and Political Party Affiliation, try the following:

Kansas Elections and Legislative
http://www.kssos.org/resources/resources_links_elections.html
Click on the tab to go to the "Statistics" area to find voter and enrollment and political party affiliation information by county, assembly, or senate, or congressional district.

Missouri Elections & Voting
http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/

Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners
https://www.kceb.org/
The Kansas City Board of Elections Website provides information on voter enrollment and election turnout by county. 

Johnson County Election Office
http://www.jocoelection.org/default.htm

Wyandotte County Election Office
http://www.wycokck.org/election/

Voting and Registration Data, U.S. Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html
Information on voter registration is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau as a part of the Current Population Survey.  To find out what percentage of the eligible population is registered to vote, see the "Detailed Tables" from the November 2002 Election (this information is only available at the national and state levels).

A-2: Political Issues in the Community

To find information on the Political Issues facing your community, your best source will likely be the local news media. Local newspaper sources available through Dykes Library databases include:

Newswire
Provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press on a continuous basis.

Newspaper Source Plus
includes more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 38 million full-text articles.

Local newspaper Websites, such as the Kansas City Star  www.kansascity.com