Civic-minded U.S. citizens cast their vote for president on November 2. HowStuffWorks compiled information for some of the top issues facing Americans in that election. In this feature, you'll find overviews, statistics, positions and voting records for four of the candidates in Election 2004: Michael Badnarik, President George W. Bush, Senator John Kerry, and Ralph Nader.

Click below to jump directly to a specific issue, or else just start here and work your way through each one to find out what each candidate stood for, what he promised, and what his record actually showed.