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Our project that is awesome


Astrid Stateski

on 18 December 2012

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By Olivia &Yue ELECTIONS! What is an election? An election, as most of you know, is a decision
that is made by voting. Maybe you and your friends decided whether to be unicorns or ducks by counting out how many people were interested in each, and selecting the one with the most supporters! All of these things would be forms of elections!

Places like cities, states, and countries hold elections too. These elections usually decide on new leaders or new laws for that area. One of the most important parts of these elections is that everyone gets a fair vote. Another important part of an election is that the voters have a choice in what they’re voting on. Imagine voting on something without any options, and being forced to vote for just one choice – that wouldn’t be a vote at all, when you think about it. How do you vote? It's actually soooo simple! You just check off the box(or circle) beside the name of the person you'd like to vote for. There is also another way (as shown) when you rate each candidate from -10 to 10. example shown on right) Compare-o-rama!!
Electors whose information is in the National Register of Electors will receive a voter information card. This confirms that your name is on the voters' list and states when and where you vote.
If you do not receive a voter information card, call your local elections office to ensure that you are on the voters' list.
If you cannot or do not wish to vote on election day, you can vote at the advance polls or by special ballot. The dates and location are on your voter information card.
Go to your polling station. The location is on your voter information card. Bring this card and proof of your identity and address to the polling station.
Mark an "X" in the circle next to the name of the candidate of your choice.
Your vote is secret. Once marked, fold it and present it to the poll officials.
The poll official will tear off the ballot number and give your ballot back to you to put in the ballot box.
When the polls close, every ballot is counted and the results are made public. You can see the results on television or on the Elections Canada website. A fact-ish thing In all states, the candidate who wins receives all of that state's electoral votes. All together there are 538 electors (in
the "Electoral College). It is very important to win in populous states.

To win the presidential election, a candidate must earn an absolute majority at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes cast nationwide.

Who can run for President?

He must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years of age, and have been a resident of the United States for 14

How long is the President in office?

He is in office for 4 years.

Can the President be re-elected?

Yes. He can be re-elected once. Overall he can be in office for 8 years.

Who can vote?

Anyone who is 18 years of age. There is no national list of eligible voters, so a citizen must first qualify by becoming registered.

Election day is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

When is the Inauguration of the President?

The President will be inaugurated on January 20 in the year after the election. From this time he is in office.

What are primaries?

At the primaries the parties nominate their candidates. This takes place about 1 year prior to the election.
There are
- closed / semi-closed primaries (e.g. Arizona)
- open primaries (e.g. Missouri)
- blanket primaries (e.g. Lousiana)

Kinds of Voting Technology

Elections in the United States are administered at the state and local level, and the federal government does not set mandatory standards for
voting technologies.
1. Paper Ballots
2. Lever Machines
3. Punchcards
4. Computer (push-buttons)
5. Marksense Forms
6. Electronic Voting

There is a total of 538 electors. In December the electors meet in each states’s capitol to formally elect the President.
The congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes January 6.

Voting pattern in America

The turn out at the election is only 50%. The problem that has made worse the issue of voter representation is the fact that an individual
must initiate voter registration well before election day.

One Vote Makes a Difference

1714: One vote placed King George 1 on the throne in England and restored the monarchy.

1800: One vote kept Aaron Burr, later charged with treason, from becoming president.

1839: One vote elected Marcus Morton as the Governor of Massachusetts.

1844: A farmer in Switzerland County, Indiana named Freeman Clark was seriously ill on Election Day. He had his son carry him to the county seat so he could
vote for David Kelso for state senator. Clark died on the way home from the polling place. David Kelso was elected state senator by one vote.

1844: Back when state senates elected U.S. senators, the Indiana state senate elected Edward Hannigan for U.S. senate by one vote; that vote was David

1845: The U.S. Senate passed a convention to annex Texas by a vote of 27 - 25. One of the two critical votes was cast by Senator Hannigan from Indiana.

1850: One vote made California a state.

In colonial times, people voted “Yea” (yes) or “Nay” (no) with their voices. Today, we go to a polling place, which may be a school or other public building to vote. We select our favorite candidates and vote using a ballot which we might fill in by hand, "punch" out our choices, or access using a touch-screen computer. In conclusion, elections are good
because they give people a say in
who they want to be in charge of their city, country or state. We should be thankful that we get to have a say because in some places, people don't have a choice about who rules the country. The person usually ruins the place and destroys it, which is not good at all. We at least get to choose who we think is good for the job and will do it right.
YAY ELECTIONS! It's actually really
simple. You just
check off the box/circle next to the person who you want to vote for. There is another way, you can rate each candidate from -10 to 10. (as shown on right)
(happy faces not included, sadly) Federal elections in the U.S are slightly similar, you still use a ballot to vote and majority wins, just like here.

The ability of an individual to vote is set out in the constitution and set at state level. The constitution says race or color, gender or age doesn't matter for people 18 years or older. Beyond these basic qualifications, it is the responsibility of state legislatures to regulate voter ability. Some states ban criminals from voting for a fixed period of time. The number of American adults who are currently or permanently ineligible to vote due to stuff is estimated to be 5.3 million. Some states also have crazy laws and stuff keeping the "insane" or "idiots" from voting. Voting Procedure in Canada National Register of Electors? Created in 1997, the National Register of Electors is a permanent, continually-updated database of Canadians who are qualified to vote in federal elections. It contains the name, address, gender and date of birth of each elector, as well as a unique identifier to help track changes to the elector's record. Elections Canada uses the information in the National Register of Electors to create lists of electors at the beginning of federal elections. Where they came from and their purpose Elections came from people a long time ago.. People said that the people should be able to choose who runs their country, not based on bloodline, or who believes they should be the ruler. Elections allow us, as the people wanted, to choose who is going to run our country, or whatever position they are applying for.

Also, elections are so that they would get voted equally will every persons' vote. THE END I like elections!
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