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Electing the President

A simple guide for primary students
by

Ann Belove

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of Electing the President

Every four years the people of the United States choose a President. An election takes place on the first Tuesday
after the first Monday in November.
When will Americans go to the polls this year? The job of President
is a very important one! Sorry, Bad Kitty!
Not just anyone can be President.
You have to be a person who: A natural born citizen
was born in the U.S.
or
born to American parents in another country. On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, people all over the United States go to a polling location and vote their choice for President. You have to be at least 18 years old to vote, you must be a United States citizen, and you must be registered to vote. A person who is in jail or who is on probation for committing a felony (serious crime such as murder or robbery) cannot vote. The political parties choose a candidate at their conventions. The candidates have debates where they answer questions about the issues that are important to the people in our country. The debates are shown on television and lots of people watch. The candidates really campaign hard. They march in parades, shake more hands, give more speeches, and talk on TV shows. On January 20, the President is sworn in, in Washington, D.C. Then the new President and his family move into the White House and he or she begins the challenging and very important job of running our country. The President picks many of the people who help run the country including judges. He or she is in charge of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. He or she represents the United States and decides how we work with other countries. The President suggests laws and signs laws. Sometimes he or she even rejects laws. He or she works to help other countries get along. There have been 44
U.S. Presidents so far. is at least 35 years old. is a natural born citizen of the United States. has lived in the United States at least 14 years. The candidate then picks their Vice Presidential running mate. The members of the party choose the ideas they think are important and the candidates begin to campaign. The debates help voters
decide who to vote for. Everyone's vote counts, but it's not as simple as just counting up all the votes...
Who do you
think it will be?
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