Pearson Author Larry Sabato Encourages Voters to "Get In The Booth"

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Election Website Provides Comprehensive Guide to Candidates, Issues

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Busy people cannot search endlessly for background on these and other issues

In this midst of this turbulent political season, there seems to be one thing that everyone can agree on: the forthcoming midterm elections are critical to the future of the U.S. At stake are a record number of elections for state governor, the entire House of Representatives, and the largest number of Senate seats since 1962. As a result, it is more important than ever that students and voters of all ages have the facts they need to make informed choices.

That is the impetus behind, a website created by best-selling Pearson author Larry Sabato to provide information and insight into the candidates and issues involved in the midterm elections.

Through Get in the Booth, Sabato, the director of Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, and a host of other well-known scholars give students, instructors, and all voters an opportunity to read unique perspectives about the election's controversial topics and the people who will be making a difference in state and national government.

"2010 marks another "big picture" election year for the U.S.," said Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. "The issues of a lagging economy, skyrocketing national debt, the hot war in Afghanistan and the cold war of terrorism are all looming large on the electoral horizon.

"Busy people cannot search endlessly for background on these and other issues," Sabato continued, "so Get in the Booth tries to focus on the 'big ticket' items of 2010, to supply a breadth of information all in one place."

It is particularly important that young people participate in this election and make responsible decisions, as "they will live the longest with the consequences of what happens in November," Sabato said.

In December, Pearson will publish a book by Sabato and the team of Get in the Booth contributors, compiling their post-election analysis, entitled Who Got in the Booth? A Look Back at the 2010 Elections. Information about the print and eTextbook versions, and additional resources, is available here:

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Rod Granger


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