Finally, the election is almost here.  After one of the longest, most contested Presidential campaigns, either John McCain or Barack Obama will be elected the 44th President next Tuesday.  If you are still undecided, check out these fun websites that will help you to understand the candidates’ positions and rate the truth (or not) of the claims made daily by each side.

Check out the Truth-o-Meter at PolitiFact, a joint venture of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.  Claims made by the campaigns are scored true, half true, false, or, my favorite, Pants on Fire!  There’s also a Flip-o-Meter that tracks the changes candidates have made in their positions. For real addicts, PolitiFact can go mobile on your iPhone.

Get your facts straight at FactCheck, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  This site accepts no funding from corporations, labor unions, political parties, or lobbying organizations.  Claims made by both sides are compared to the facts with often surprising results.

Other sites that present an unbiased view of the candidates’ positions are Real Clear Politics (news, commentary, polling data, all updated continuously), Open Secrets, a nonpartisan site  that explores the influence of money on the elections, and The Fact Checker blog from the Washington Post. Finally, take the Candidate Match Game Quiz and see which candidate shares your views.  Results are displayed graphically.

Check out A Good Season to Vote, the JTCC political blog, and most important of all, VOTE next Tuesday for the candidate of your choice!

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