Compiled by James Smyth, Ben Goren, Michal Thim and Jonathan Sullivan.

When I first started researching Taiwanese elections, writing my Masters thesis in 2004, I spent many long hours photocopying party ads at the National Central Library archive in Taipei. In the first year of my PhD, I spent an entire day with Dafydd Fell at SOAS watching his prized, and well worn, collection of party ad videos. Data was hard to come by; Taiwanese sources were rudimentary, websites were user unfriendly and even simple things like getting survey datasets was a trial. But that is no longer the case. As I wrote in a China Quarterly paper in 2013, several things have changed in Taiwan which have made life a lot easier and richer for political analysts and election watchers. Taiwan’s e-government infrastructure has improved to a world leading level; political actors of all kinds have embraced the affordances of multi- and social media; Taiwanese political science has professionalized, creating and making available all kinds of data; and the level of external interest in Taiwan has increased dramatically. In sum these developments make studying Taiwanese elections “easy” and fun (certainly compared to doing research on Chinese politics). In fact the issue nowadays is not insufficient information about Taiwanese elections, but the overwhelming abundance. In order to help fellow Taiwan watchers navigate this abundance, we have compiled this list of electronic resources; we hope you will find it useful.

Government Sites / Election Results

Central Election Commission (EN)
Central Election Commission (TW) 中央選舉委員會
Central Election Commission Database of Past Election Results (TW) 中選會選舉資料庫網站
Central Election Commission Database of Past Presidential & Legislative Results (EN)
Executive Yuan 行政院全球資訊網 (TW)
Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan) (EN)
IFES Election Guide | Country Profile: Taiwan
Office of the President 中華民國總統府網站-首頁 (TW)
Office of the President, ROC (Taiwan) (EN)
ROC National Statistics (EN)
Taiwan Panorama (RUS)
Taiwan Panorama Magazine (EN)
Taiwan Panorama 台湾光華雑誌 (JP)
Taiwan Panorama 台灣光華雜誌 (TW)
Taiwan Today (EN)
Taiwan Today (ESP)
Taiwan Today (GER)
Wiki 2000 Presidential Election Results
Wiki 2001 Local Election Results
Wiki 2004 Legislative Election Results
Wiki 2004 Presidential Election Results
Wiki 2005 Local Election Results
Wiki 2006 Municipal Election Results
Wiki 2008 Legislative Election Results
Wiki 2008 Presidential Election Results
Wiki 2012 Legislative Election Results
Wiki 2012 Legislative Election Results (TW)
Wiki 2012 Presidential Election Results
Wiki 2014 Local & Municipal Election Results
Wiki 2016 Legislative Elections (TW)
Ketagalan Media – How Does Taiwan’s Parliamentary Election Work
Global Database on Elections and Democracy: Taiwan (Country view)
2012 Electoral data by Frozen Garlic (link to downloadable Excel File)

Election Debates & Forums

Central Election Commission YouTube site
First Central Election Commission forum on presidential candidates’ political views (Dec. 25)
Second forum (Dec. 30)
Vice presidential forum (Jan. 4)
Third forum (Jan. 6)
Vice presidential debate (Dec. 26)
First presidential debate (Dec. 27)
Second presidential debate (Jan. 2)
Mountains indigenous legislative candidate forum (Jan. 6)
Plains indigenous legislative candidate forum (Jan. 6)

Media Sites

蘋果日報|Apple Daily|首頁
中時電子報 CTnews –
自由時報電子報 Liberty Times
三立新聞網 SETN.COM
風傳媒 | Storm Magazine
聯合新聞網:觸動未來 新識力 United Daily News
CommonWealth Magazine (TW) 天下雜誌-華文世界最優質的財經雜誌
CommonWealth Magazine (EN)
Business Weekly (TW) 商業周刊 – 台灣最具影響力的商業財經雜誌
The Journalist (TW) 新新聞
Next Magazine (TW) 台灣壹週刊
China Post (EN)
Taiwan’s Central News Agency – FOCUS TAIWAN (EN)
Taiwan’s Central News Agency (JP)
中央社即時新聞 CNA NEWS (TW)
Taiwan’s Central News Agency (ESP)
YouTube FTVNEWS 民視新聞頻道
YouTube Sanlih SET 三立新聞台
Youtube UDN
The News Lens International Edition – Bilingual News & Voices from Taiwan
Taipei Times (EN)

Polling Sites

台灣指標民調新聞發布 | 台灣指標民調 TISR (TW)
官網 TVBS (TW)
趨勢民意調查股份有限公司 Trend Survey & Research Co. (TW)
無情真實的未來事件: 選舉 Election Prediction Market & Poll Aggregator (TW)
Election Study Center, National Chengchi University (EN)

Candidate and Party Sites

Facebook Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文
Facebook DPP 民主進步黨
Facebook Eric Chu 朱立倫
Facebook KMT 國民黨
Facebook James Soong 親民黨全國聯合服務中心
Facebook Tuan Yi-kang (DPP Legislator) 段宜康
Facebook New Power Party 時代力量
Facebook Green Party 綠黨
Facebook SDP 社會民主黨
Facebook MKT 民國黨
YouTube Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文
YouTube DPP
YouTube Eric Chu 朱立倫
YouTube KMT 中國國民黨
YouTube PFP 親民黨
Twitter DPP International (EN)
KMT – Kuomintang News Network (EN)
Green Party (TW)

Opinion & Commentary Sites

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato
Frozen Garlic | A Blog on Elections in Taiwan
Kharis Templeman
Letters from Taiwan
The View from Taiwan
Ketagalan Media | Taiwan, Asia and the World
New Bloom Magazine
Thinking Taiwan (EN)
想想論壇 Thinking Taiwan (TW)
關鍵評論網 – 分享觀點從這開始 The News Lens (TW)

Think Tanks / NGOs

新台灣國策智庫 Taiwan Brain Trust (TW)
Taiwan Brain Trust (EN)
Taiwan Brain Trust (JP)
Asian Barometer
Asian Network for Free Elections
公民監督國會聯盟 Citizens Congress Watch (TW)
Facebook 公民監督國會聯盟 Citizens Congress Watch
Facebook – ANFREL – Asian Network for Free Elections
財團法人中華經濟研究院 Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (TW)
財團法人中華經濟研究院 Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (EN)
Institute of International relations, NCCU
International Committee for a Democratic Taiwan « Nurturing and Safeguarding Taiwan’s Democracy
新境界文教基金會 New Frontier Foundation (TW)
Facebook – 新境界文教基金會(民主進步黨智庫) New Frontier Foundation
財團法人國家政策研究基金會 National Policy Foundation (TW)
National Policy Foundation (EN)
National Policy Foundation (JP)
Facebook – 財團法人國家政策研究基金會 National Policy Foundation
財團法人兩岸交流遠景基金會 Prospect Foundation (TW)
臺灣民主基金會 Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TW)
臺灣民主基金會 Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (EN)
財團法人台灣智庫 Taiwan Thinktank (TW)
財團法人台灣智庫 Taiwan Thinktank (EN)


Michal Thim @michalthim

Gwen Wang (@GwenythWR) | Twitter

Brian Hioe (@brianhioe) | Twitter
New Bloom Magazine (@newbloommag) | Twitter
Jeremy Page 裴杰 (@JNBPage) | Twitter
Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) | Twitter
ジェームス (@jmstwn) | Twitter
Austin Ramzy (@austinramzy) | Twitter
Ian Rowen (@iirowen) | Twitter
DPP U.S. Mission (@TaiwanDPP_DC) | Twitter
Lauren Dickey (@lfdickey) | Twitter
Bonnie Glaser / 葛来仪 (@BonnieGlaser) | Twitter
Stéphane CORCUFF (@stephanecorcuff) | Twitter
Wen-Ti Sung (@wentisung) | Twitter
michaelturton (@michaelturton) | Twitter
Ketagalan Media (@KetagalanMedia) | Twitter
Eric Hundman (何諳銳) (@ehundman) | Twitter
Tim Culpan (@tculpan) | Twitter
Shannon Tiezzi (@ShannonTiezzi) | Twitter
Gary Rawnsley (@GDRaber) | Twitter
Timothy S. Rich 芮宗泰 (@timothysrich) | Twitter
Ketty W. Chen (@HelloKetty1998) | Twitter
J Michael Cole (寇謐將) (@JMichaelCole1) | Twitter
David on Formosa (@davidonformosa) | Twitter
Julia Famularo (@Julia_Famularo) | Twitter
Jonathan Sullivan (@jonlsullivan) | Twitter
Pierre-Yves Baubry (@pybaubry) | Twitter
William Nee (@williamnee) | Twitter
Taiwan News (@taiwanews) | Twitter
Eva Dou (@evadou) | Twitter
Eddie Du (@Edourdoo) | Twitter
Arna van Goch 花瑜芯 (@avgoch) | Twitter
Taiwan Explorer (@TaiwanExplorer) | Twitter
Focus Taiwan (@Focus_Taiwan) | Twitter
WSJ China Real Time (@ChinaRealTime) | Twitter
Ben Goren (@BanGaoRen) | Twitter
Catie Lilly @catielila
Klaus Bardenhagen @taiwanreporter

James Smyth is a Taipei based translator; Ben Goren owns Letters from Taiwan; Michal Thim is a grad student at University of Nottingham; Jonathan Sullivan is editor of the CPI blog.


  1. A great list, thanks a lot. But the links redirect to nottingham email server?! Could you fix that please, thanks.

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