Elections and Voting. Where to begin?. Open your books to page 475 and read for me the issue in the news. What does this issue tell you about elections in our country?. You probably know these people. But do you know who they are?.
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Elections and Voting
Open your books to page 475 and read for me the issue in the news.
What does this issue tell you about elections in our country?
You probably know these people
But do you know who they are?
If you do not know any of these people perhaps you should, the election of 2012 is COMING!
Or who they are?
First election that many of you will be able to vote in
Our country is in real trouble
Elections are the chance for your voice to be heard!
You vote at a Polling Place which is in your home precinct
A precinct is a voting district, each city or county usually is divided into precincts containing from 200 to 1000 voters
Before the next election you will receive a notification of where you are to vote
You have a very strict set of rules to follow.
Look at page 488 and read the four step process
You cannot be denied voting due to race, religion, gender, income, or political beliefs.
However, you may not wear material supporting a certain candidate
Lets take a look at a ballot you would see when you go vote.
A government registered ID
You have to register before you go vote and this is a hang up for many Americans, do not forget to register
And you need to bring an educated perspective
Which, you have been working on!
Well: We do vote, but it comes down to the Electoral College
538 Electoral College Votes: Each represents one legislator in Congress, plus three electoral votes from Washington D.C.
A candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes to become president
Everyone should get a chart and a blank US map.
Once you have these grab one marker or one colored pencil
I then want you to use the charts to color in the 11 states with the largest number of electoral votes
1: Does it seem fair that all a candidate has to do is win 11 of the 50 states?
2: Why is it unlikely that a single candidate would win all of these 11 states?
3: Is the electoral college still relevant to today's world?
Television is the most important medium for candidates
Image= is something campaigns have to be aware of and package to the constituents
Commercials, appearances on television shows, debates, all help to craft a candidates image
Is becoming a huge value to candidates
Howard Dean a Democratic candidate in 2004 was the first to raise campaign contributions through the web.
Since then the Web has become as valuable as the Television
In 2008: Presidential and Congressional candidates spent more than $4 Billion Dollars
Why so much?
Candidates need money for office space, travel, staff salaries, and ESPECIALLY television advertising
Open your books to page 477 and look at the campaign spending graph
Well, it is
The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and its following Amendments in 1974, 1976, and 1979 provide regulations that apply to campaign finance
It requires that candidates tell us how they spent their money, provide federal money for each candidate?
It also prohibits labor unions and business organizations from making direct contributions, and limits how much individuals can contribute and tried to limit how much individuals can spend on their own campaigns-Is this right?
Jon Corzine who in his run for Governor of New Jersey spent $65 Million dollars of his own money.
What is the difference?
Open your books to page 478 and read the two sections.
What is the Presidential Election Campaign Fund?
What are Political Action Committees?
And Soft Money?
How does the FEC affect the Internet?
A Mandate from the people
Called a Presidential Mandate
What is this?
So go vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November: Election Day