teaching kids election speak
GETTING TO ELECTION DAY 2008:
- Below are some of the facts about elections that I posted for the kids, so that all the hoopla made a little more sense. I also did a display of books/DVDs regarding Elections in the U.S. and all things presidential.
- Once the National Conventions have been held, and the candidates have been nominated and chosen the presidential election begins!
- The candidates travel throughout the country, appearance and giving speeches. The candidates use TV ads and other means to persuade the voters to choose them.
- The candidates campaign right up until Election Day, when the nation votes for its President.
- In our national Presidential election, every citizen of legal age who has met the voting requirements, (such as registering to vote) has an opportunity to vote.
- However, the President is not chosen by popular vote by the people. The Constitution requires that a process known as the Electoral College ultimately decides who will win the general election.
- When a person casts a vote in the general election, they are not voting directly for an individual Presidential candidate. Voters actually cast their vote for a group of people, known as Electors. These electors are part of the Electoral College and are supposed to vote for their state’s preferred candidate.
- In the Electoral College system, each state gets a certain number of electors, based on each state's total number of representation in Congress. Each elector gets one electoral vote. For example, a large state like California gets 54 electoral votes, while Rhode Island gets only four. All together, there are 538 Electoral votes.
So, in the spirit of getting kids involved, I put together a polling station for the Children's Department, complete with ballots. I have to say that I was amazed that as many kids participated as did. However, if the nation agreed with the kids in my little conservatives-ville U.S.A. city, we would have a different president. They voted as follows:
John McCain/ Sarah Palin (REPUBLICAN) 52.74% (48 votes)
Barack Obama/Joe Biden (DEMOCRAT) 41.75% (38 votes)
Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente (GREEN) 4.39% (4 votes)
Undecided 1.09% (1 vote)
Kids voted: 91
A pic of our election area:
A pic of our poll box. Note the quote...ha ha ha!
What the ballots looked like. I know, I know. I stayed mainstream and included the Green Party. There were too many choices and I didn't want to confuse the hell out of the kids!!