Most people know to vote for President every four years in the US. However, there is a lot more to vote on than that each year. In every state there are federal elections every two years. In some states there are also local off-year elections. Plus there are primaries before the actual elections that decide who gets on the ballot. Plus there are special elections sometimes when there are vacant seats!
Voting is the democratic process of government by consensus. At each election many races are held and many pieces of legislation are voted on.
Factoids tagged with "Voting"
The Electoral College is meant to protect minority voting interests from the majority and to prevent special interests not in the public interest.
Bernie Sanders can still technically be elected President by electors (who vote December 19th, 2016). This could be done by 270 electors voting for Bernie, or by Trump being deprived a 270 majority and the House electing Bernie.
In the U.S., the President and Vice President are elected by getting a majority of electoral college votes, they are not elected by popular vote.
Shirley Chisholm became the first black Congresswoman in 1968. In 1972 Chisholm ran for President as a Democrat, making her both the first female, or black, major party Presidential candidate.
Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominee of a major U.S. political party at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Victoria Woodhull, an American leader of the woman’s suffrage movement, became the first female candidate for President of the United States in 1872.
Blog Posts tagged with "Voting"
We look at the effect of the black voter and black suffrage on the balance of political power in the two-party system.
The article below is written as advice to potential “faithless electors” thinking about how to vote in 2016, but doubles as a lesson in civics regarding the powers and responsibilities of the U.S. Electoral College.
We explain the different ways America can change the Electoral College system, and discuss the pros and cons of abolishing or reforming the electoral system.
Separation of Powers describes the way in which government is divided into different branches (ex. in the U.S., the legislative, executive, and judicial). Checks and balances describe the powers each branch has to “check” the other branches and ensure a balance of power.
Different types of government can be said to be based on a number of attributes like power source, power structure, and economic system.