2 Pre Chapter QuestionsDirections: You have 7 minutes to answer the following questions ON YOUR OWN! Write answers only.What are 2 qualifications you have to meet in order to vote in the U.S.?Which right is considered by many outside of this country to be our greatest freedom?What are voting districts called? (HINT: Police Stations)The 2000 Election was very controversial because of suspected voting mistakes in which U.S. state?Which Constitutional Amendment changed the voting age in the U.S.?
3 Voting Qualifications In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be18 years oldResident of the state you’re voting inCitizen of the U.S.Registered to vote
4 Who Votes? People eligible to vote are called the electorate People’s voting rights will be denied ifThey are inmates in mental hospitalsThey have been convicted of a felonyThey do not meet the residency requirements in their state
6 Who Votes? Effects of Felon Voting Bans on African American Males
7 Why Should I Vote?The right to vote is considered to be our greatest freedomPeople should exercise their right to vote because it allows citizens toChoose their govt. leadersElect new leaders if dissatisfied with performance of current leadersExpress their opinions on public issuesSmoking Ban in GA Rests.
8 Where Do I Vote? Precincts Each address is assigned to a specific precinct numberEach precinct has specific locations where its residents go to vote (polling stations)Can find precinct number here: (if registered)
11 How Do I Vote?Polling stations open as early as 5AM and close as late as 8 or 9 PM (GA 7am-7pm)Each voting precinct decides the method of voting to use:Mechanical Machine - LeversElectronic Voting – Touch Screen / Optical ScanPaper Ballot – Paper/Punch Card
19 When Do I Vote? General Election Day 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in Nov.Could be voting forPresident of the U.S.GovernorSenatorsRepresentativesState LegislatorsAny state, federal, or local officialsMid-term Elections (Same Day as Above)Elections in which members of Congress and some Governors are being elected, but not the President
20 Voting Types Straight Ticket Voting Voting for all candidates in one partySome states make it easy by having a column on ballot for each party
21 Voting Types SEE HANDOUT FOR EXAMPLE Split Ticket Voting Voting for candidates of different political parties for different officesSEE HANDOUT FOREXAMPLE
22 Voting Types Write In Voting Voters can write in names of candidates they wish to vote for, whose names do not appear on the ballotCandidate has to be an officially endorsed candidate for vote to count
23 Voting Types Absentee Voting Voters who cannot get to the polls on Election Day can use an absentee ballotCan be requested from the local election board as early as 180 days before Election DayBallots opened and counted in your precinct on Election Day
24 Voting Types Advance Voting Allows any registered voter to cast a ballot in person at the county voter registration office during normal business hours on the Monday through Friday of the week prior to an election.
25 Counting the Votes Election workers count votes after polls close Ballots then taken to election board and they count votes againNews media and party workers try to predict winners as soon as possible through exit pollsalso used to deter voter fraud
26 Pol.Parties/Voting Quiz : 3/8/2006 Answer the following questions on your own paper:What is the main goal of the Republican and Democratic parties?What is the second step in getting a party candidate elected to office?What is the term used to describe the act of a newly elected party member giving loyal party supporters jobs or favors?List the 4 qualifications to vote in the U.S.What is the term used to describe anyone who is eligible to vote in U.S. elections?What is the term used to describe the voting districts in which we have to vote?According to the map we looked at in class, why do 30% of African American males in Florida not vote?