2Amendment There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. 15th Amendment: All male US citizens can vote.19th Amendment: All female citizens can vote.24th Amendment:No Poll Tax26th Amendment: 18 year old citizens can vote.
3Ballot A ballot is a piece of paper used to vote in an election.
4Candidate A candidate is a person who is trying to be elected to a political office.
5Democratic Party The Democratic Party is a major US political party. Democrats believe that the government has a responsibility to help people.The Democratic Party 2012 candidates for President and Vice-President are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
6Elections We choose our leaders by voting in elections. Our next election for President is November 6, 2012.The Democratic candidate is Barack Obama.The Republican candidate is Mitt Romney.
7Fact & Factoid A fact is a piece of information that is true Fact & Factoid A fact is a piece of information that is true. A factoid is a made-up piece of information thought to be true.People use positive facts and factoids to make their candidate look good.People use negative facts and factoids to make the opposing candidate look bad.
8Government The government is the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, city, etc.Executive Branch enforces the law.Legislative Branchmakes the law.Judicial Branchexplains the law.FederalPresidentVice-PresidentUS SenatorUS RepresentativesFederal JudgesStateGovernorLieutenant GovernorState SenatorState Assembly memberState JudgesLocalMayor &Vice-MayorCity Council MemberTrial Judges
9House of Representatives There are two parts of the U. S House of Representatives There are two parts of the U.S. Congress: the Senate and the House.House of Representatives is the lower house of the U.S. Congress.There are 435 members in the House of Representatives.We elect members of the House of Representatives every two years.Honda currently represents San Jose/Milpitas in the House of Representatives.
10Incumbent An incumbent is the current person in a political office. Barack Obama is an incumbent President who is running for re-election.Dianne Feinstein is an incumbent Senator who is running for re-election.Mike Honda is an incumbent US Representative who is running for re-election.
11JOHN NHO TRONG NGUYEN Superior Court Judge Westminster, CA Justices & the Judicial Branch Justices, Judges and the Judicial Branch explain the law.Superior Courts are the local courts of the Judiciary Branch.Justices hear civil and criminal cases, as well as family, probate, and juvenile cases.Justices of the California Superior Courts are elected to six-year terms.JOHN NHO TRONG NGUYEN Superior Court Judge Westminster, CA
12Know your Voting Rights The right to vote is the most important right granted to citizens. You have the right to vote if you are a registered voter.2. You have the right to vote by a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the roll.3. You have the right to vote if you are present at the polling place before 8pm.4. You have the right to vote by a secret ballot free from fear.5. You have the right to vote in another language according to the county’s population.Source: sos.ca.gov/elections/voter_bill_of_rights.pdf
13Law Propositions and Measures are laws voted on by the people. A "Proposition" (or “Prop”) can be new law or an old law that the people must approve or reject.A “Measure” is a local law voted on by the people in a city or county.An example is a increase in a parcel tax to help fund a local school district.
14Media The Media is the radio stations, television stations, newspapers, internet websites, and other social media which information is communicated to the public.
15Numbers Practice these numbers about the US Government & Elections. There is/are:1 Nation.2 Senators from each State.3 Branches of Government.4 Voting Amendments.5 US Territories.50 Stars for 50 States.100 Senators.435 Representatives.538 votes in the Electoral College.270 electoral votes are needed to win a Presidential elections
16Opposites United We Stand, Divided We Fall! Democrat <> RepublicanNegative <> PositiveObama <> RomneyPass <> FailQuestion <> AnswerRed State <> Blue StateTruth <> LieUnited <> DividedWin <> LoseYes <> NoUnited We Stand,Divided We Fall!
17President & Vice-President The candidates for President and Vice-President run together on a single party ticket.The Democratic 2012 ticket:Barack Obamaand Joe Biden.The Republican 2012 ticket:Mitt Romneyand Paul Ryan.
18Questions During the presidential debates, undecided voters asked Obama and Romney questions about important issues.What would be your position on those things, which are important to the middle class?What do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?What plans do you have to put back and keep jobs here in the US?
19Republican Party The Republican Party is a major US political party. Republicans believe that people should help themselves. See gop.com.The Republican Party 2012 candidatesfor President and Vice-President areMitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
20Senate & Senator The Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress. There are 100 U.S. Senators.The two senators from California are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.Dianne Feinstein is an incumbent Senator who is running for re-election against Elizabeth Emken.
21Third Parties In U.S. politics, a third party is a political party other than the Democrats or Republicans.Third Party Candidates for PresidentJill Stein gp.orgGary Johnson lp.orgRosanne Barr peaceandfreedom.orgTom Hoefling selfgovernment.us
22Source: voanews.com/section/usa_votes_2012/2209.html US Electoral College The US Electoral College officially elects the President & Vice President.The US Electoral College consists of 538 electors.270 electoral votes are required to be president.This VOANews map shows how states are likely to vote on Nov 6, 2012.Source: voanews.com/section/usa_votes_2012/2209.html
23Vote A vote is a choice. To vote is to choose a leader or law. The most important right granted to a US Citizen is the right to vote.You can vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 7 am to 8 pm.What if I am told I cannot vote or if my right to vote is challenged?Do not leave without voting!Just say: “I believe I am registered to vote in this county and I would like to vote using a provisional ballot.”You do NOT need photo identification to vote in California.
24We the People The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the US Constitution: We the People.The US Constitution says that the power of the government comes from We the People.We the People vote for our leaders.
25X X marks the spot, but there are other ways to mark a ballot. How does your county marks the ballot?
26Yes / No Propositions are laws voted on by the people. A “prop” passes & becomes law when it receives more than 50% YES votes.• A YES vote means that you support the way the proposition would change things.• A NO vote means that you want to keep things the way they are.You do not have to vote on every contest on the ballot. See easyvoterguide.org
27citiZens Voting in a federal election is one responsibility and right only for United States citizens. USCIS 100:49/50Last year, Mai Trang became a US citizen.On June 5, Mai Trang voted for the first time and came back to class to show off her ballot receipts. She said that she wanted to vote for the measure that would give more money to the local school district.GOOD JOB, MAI TRANG! You can watch Mai Trang's video about her citizenship interview here: http://youtu.be/qtpjlATfl_4
28For more informationaclu.org/know-your-voting-rights-state-state-voter-informationEasyVoterGuide.orgLeague of Women Voters LWV.orgSCCVote.orgsos.ca.gov/elections/US Election Assistance Commission eac.govVOANews.com USA VotesVote411.org (Build your own Ballot!)USCitizenPod.comThanks to all the Election 2012 volunteers, especially Lori Saltis and Chris Zhao.Special thanks to Mai Trang & all the new US Citizens who are voting for the first time: keep up the great work!