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“ Who Can Vote? ”. Qualifying to Vote. Voting is a major responsibility . Those who choose not to participate. Fail to carry out a civic responsibility Hand over their share of political power to voters whose views they may oppose. Qualifying to Vote.

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    1. “Who Can Vote?”

    2. Qualifying to Vote • Voting is a major responsibility. • Those who choose not to participate. • Fail to carry out a civic responsibility • Hand over their share of political power to voters whose views they may oppose.

    3. Qualifying to Vote During our nation’s early years, most voters were white, adult property owning males. However, property ownership is no longer a consideration and the U.S. Constitution states that no state may deny the right to vote because of race, color, or gender.

    4. Qualifying to Vote • To be eligible you must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the state you vote in for a specified period of time, anda citizen of the United States • People who have been convicted of serious crimes are the most common exception to the general rules and many times losetheir right to vote

    5. Voter Registration • You must register to vote before you can take part in an election in most states. • Exception: North Dakota • Registration applications may vary from state to state

    6. Voter Registration • In order to register in the state of Florida you must: • Be a citizen of the United States • Be a legal resident of both the state of Florida and of the county in which you seek to be registered. • Be 18 years old (can pre-register) • Be mentally capable of making decisions. • Not have been convicted of a felony • Register at least 29days before the election takes place.

    7. Voter Registration • The application process involves filling out forms that ask for the following information: • Name • Address • Age • Party preference – this is not a lifetime commitment

    8. Voter Registration • Once registered, you are assigned to an election district that is usually set up according to your home address. (precinct) • On Election Day, election officials will use a list of voters registered in the district to verify that people who vote are eligible to prevent people voting more than once.

    9. Steps in Voting • On Election Day, voters go to the polling place in their precinct. • A polling place is the location where voting is carried out. • A precinct is a voting district. • Usually set up in town halls, libraries, community centers and other public buildings.

    10. Steps in Voting • When you arrive you will go through a series of checks to confirm your identity, and confirm you are registered to vote. • Next you will receive a ballot, or list candidates on which you cast your vote.

    11. Steps in Voting • You will then go to the voting booth to cast your ballot by using a variety of voting methods. • All types of voting methods allow voters to cast a secret ballot. • You can vote by absentee ballot if you cannot get to the polls on Election Day. • For all elections in which there a state or federal office race, early voting is required. Early voting usually starts 10days before the election and ends on the 3rd day before an election. The Supervisor of Elections determines the hours. • It is always important to read the ballot carefully.

    12. Steps in Voting • Each county has a different type of ballot to vote on. In Leon County, we vote on scan-tron type ballots. • In the 2000 Presidential Election, many voters in Palm Beach county, Florida were confused with their “butterfly ballot”, a paper ballot in which opposing candidates were listed across from each other instead of vertically. The 2000 election also proved that some voting machines are more reliable than others.

    13. Ways People May Vote • Straight ticket, which means voting for all candidates in one political party. • Split ticket, which means you choose some candidates from one party and some from another.

    14. Steps in Voting • After the polls are closed, elections workers send the ballots and the results – calledreturns– to the election board. • The board then sends the returns to the state canvassing authority who then certifies the election of the winner. • Major elections may have the news media and party workers try to predictthe winners as soon as possible. • Exit polls – a sample of voters who are asked how they voted upon leaving selected polling places. (not always correct)

    15. Why your Vote Matters • The best way to prepare to vote is to stay informed about candidates and public issues. • All people who are eligible to vote are the electorate. • Your vote does matter!!! The 2000 Presidential election was decided by only 537 popular votes from the state of Florida.

    16. Why your Vote Matters – Election 2000 • There was a problem with voting in Florida (hanging chads). • Gore had 266 Electoral votes and Bush had 246 – the candidate who would win more votes in Florida would win the election. • There was a Supreme Court Case “Bush v Gore”. • In the end, George W. Bush won the 2000 election in Florida by 537 popular votes so he got the 25 Electoral Votes in Florida for a total of 271 total Electoral Votes which made him President of the US.

    17. Why your Vote Matters • Despite the fact that voting gives Americans a chance to participate in their government, not everyone votes.

    18. Reasons Why People Choose Not to Vote • Do not meet state voting requirements • Not registered after moving • Do not like any of the candidates • Lack of interest, or apathy

    19. Important Reasons to Exercise Your Vote • choose your government leaders • voice your opinions on past performances of public officials • Express your opinion on public issues.

    20. “Elections”

    21. Elections • Elections are a two-part process • Primary Election • General Election • First is the Primary Election – helps narrow the field of candidates. This is also known as a Direct Primary when the voters declare their party preference and nominate candidates to represent their party in a general election.

    22. Types of Primaries • Open Primary – an election in which voters need not declare their party preference • Closed Primary – only declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that party’s nominees. We have this in Florida!!!

    23. Types of Elections Second comes the General Election – voters choose their leaders for various offices such as President, Congress, and State and Local positions • This takes place thefirstTuesday after the first Monday in November. All seats in the US House of Representatives and about 1/3 of the Senate are at stake in general elections every even-numberedyear. • Midterm elections occur on the even years in between the general elections (2014)

    24. General Election • Presidential elections occur everyfouryears on even numbered years. Next Presidential Election will be 2016 • The Presidential ballot also includes candidates for governor, state legislature, county government, and local offices.

    25. General Election • In all races EXCEPT the Presidential race, the candidate who wins the majority of the popular vote is elected into the office. • During the 2010 election for Florida Governor: Rick Scott won more of the popular vote or 2,589,915 vs. 2,522,857 votes.

    26. General Elections • The loser does have the right to demand a recountof the votes if something goes wrong in an election. • In the case of a national election, a dispute may be referred to Congress. • If it is a Presidential Election and there is not a majority of the electoral votes for 1 candidate, the House of Representatives elects the President.

    27. Election of 1800 Election of 1800 – • Was originally Jefferson v Adams and Jefferson won more popular votes • Jefferson’s VP was Aaron Burr. • The vote went to the Electoral College as Jefferson and Burr (most votes =Pres, 2nd most = VP)- Neither had a majority of Electoral votes. Since there was no clear winner, it went to the House of Representatives for a vote. After 36 votes by the House of Representatives, Jefferson was finally declared President.

    28. Andrew Jackson v. John Quincy Adams Election of 1824- • Due to others involved in the election there was not a clear majority of the Electoral College. Jackson defeated Adams in both the popular and electoral votes, but the House voted to name Adams president. Jackson’s side declared it a “corrupt bargain” because they felt that Henry Clay and Adams made a secret deal to allow Adams to win if Clay received a job in the administration.

    29. Elections on Issues • Voters may also decide on issues– amendments and/or new laws – as well as candidates in elections • The initiativeis a way citizens can propose new laws or state constitutional amendments. • Citizens gather signatures of voters on petitions. • If enough people sign the petition, the proposed law or proposition, is put on the ballot at the next general election. • Florida’s State Constitution authorizes citizens to proposeState Constitutional Amendments by petition.

    30. Elections on Issues • Areferendumis a way for citizens to approve or reject a state or local law. More than half of the states have the right to petition to have a law referred or sent back to the voters for their approval. • The State of Florida CAN NOT propose state laws or bring acts by the legislature to referendum (People’s veto) by petition.

    31. Special Elections • Runoffelections may be held when none of the candidates win the majority of the vote in a general election • Recall elections are when citizens can vote to remove a public official from office.

    32. Presidential Election

    33. Electoral College Board Activity

    34. Nomination • Nomination - the process in which political parties select and offer candidates for public office • Presidential hopefuls start campaigning a year or more before the election • Now, due to so much campaigning going on during the primary elections, conventions are now used to “kick off” the campaign and rally parties.

    35. Campaign • Campaign – the process in which candidates are competing for public office using media, debates, and speeches. • Usually in full swing by September • Travel to give speeches, TV appearances, and news conferences • Meet with state and local political leaders or face their opponents in televised debates.

    36. The Vote and Electoral College • This process uses the winner-take-all system and is how a Presidential candidate is elected for office. • Presidents are not chosen by direct popular vote but by the Electoral College.

    37. The Vote and Electoral College • Before the general election in every state, a slate, or list of electors is pledged to each candidate. • Every state has one elector per U.S. Senator and Representative in that state. • PLUS Washington, D.C. has threeelectoral votes • The State of Florida currently has 29 electoral votes.

    38. The Vote and Electoral College • Through a winner-take-allsystem, the candidate who wins the popular vote in a state usually receives allof the state’s electoral votes. • There are 48 states that have the winner-takes-all rule for the electoral college. • Nebraska and Maine do not follow this rule – there could be a split of electoral votes through the State’s system for proportional allocation of votes.

    39. The Vote and The Electoral College • Electors meet in December to cast the state’s electoral votes for the President and Vice President • The votes are then sent to Congress, who counts them. • The candidate who receives the majority (270 or more) of the 538 votes – wins the election

    40. The Vote and Electoral College • The Electoral College was a compromise measure and is as old as the Constitution • Some Founders wanted the American people to have direct control or a direct popular election. • Others believed that the government must be able to function without giving in to popular whims or giving Congress the responsibility to name the President.

    41. Voting and the Electoral College • The compromise was to have the Legislatures in each state choose a slate of Presidential Electors. • Today voters in each state directly choose the Electors.(tell them how to vote)

    42. Election Controversies • Fourelections where the popular vote did not agree with the Electoral Vote • Adams/Jackson 1824 • Hayes/Tilden Election 1876 – Tilden won the popular vote. Twenty Electoral Votes were in dispute and not counted. After a long political and legal battle, Rutherford B. Hayes was awarded those 20 Electoral Votes and named President.

    43. Elections Controversies • Harrison/Cleveland Election 1888 – Grover Cleveland won the popular vote by a narrow margin, however Benjamin Harrison swept most of the North and Midwest as well as gaining “swing states” of New York and Indiana to achieve the majority of the electoral vote. • Bush/Gore Election 2000 – Gore had more than 500,000 votes over Bush, but Bush had 271 to Gore’s 267 votes in the Electoral College with Florida (that he won by 537 votes.)