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Chapter 6 and 7 - Voting and Elections

It's one of the most important civic duties you have, and you can't even do it yet! When you're 18 though, voting will be a very important aspect of your life and an important part of being a citizen. This chapter's going to look at how elections work, why they're important, the function of campaigns, the role of parties and politics in elections, and reasons why people don't [or can't] vote.

Should voting be mandatory in the US?


Voting simulation - Just like the real thing!

Where would I vote?

Sample Absentee Ballot

(facebook voting project - Acad. Civics)

List of 2008 write-in candidates across the nation

Political campaigns [1950-present] focus questions

(Notes Chapter 7, Sec.1 - Voting and Turnouts)

(Notes Chapter 7, Sec.2 - Primary vs. General elections)

(Notes Chapter 7, Sec.3 - Electoral College)

This map shows the presidential election results from 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
Solid red = states won by Republican candidates in all four elections.
Solid blue = states won by Democratic candidates in all four elections
Pink/salmon = states won by Republican candidates in 3 of the last 4 elections
Light blue = states won by Democratic candidates in 3 of the last 4 elections
Purple = "swing states" that went Democratic 2 times and Republican 2 times

This map shows what the nation would look like if population represented the relative
size of each state. (This is also useful for thinking about the Census and how our
representation is decided in the House of Representatives.) Blue represents states often
won by Democratic candidates; red represents states often won by Republican candidates.
Even though the Democrats actually win fewer states than Republicans, the populations and
electoral votes in these "blue states," (i.e. CA, IL, NY, MI, etc.) pretty much balance out the
sheer number of "red states."

Source: The Economist (2010)
This shows how many House/Senate seats were gain or lost by the president's party 2 years into his
term. As you can see, most presidents have seen their party lose seats in Congress while in office.