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Tuesday 11/2 Agenda 1.Warm-Up #10 (on the top of your notes) 2.Notes: Voting 3.California Elections 4.Cast Your Vote! Homework Study for Quiz #4 on Thursday/Friday
On your warm-up, label the following on your political ideology spectrum Fidel Castro Senator John McCain President Barack Obama John Lee Billy Bob Jenny “Smiley” Rojas
Voters and voter behavior
The right to vote has been a long fight In the past, local governments set up poll taxes and literacy tests to deter certain people from voting
Gerrymandering The practice of re- drawing district boundaries to disenfranchise African American voters influence the outcome of an election
Voting rights were only extended to white males, age 21+, who owned property What about women? What about 18 year olds who were fighting our wars? What if you didn’t own land? How about those who were not white?
Using the “Voting” worksheet, fill in your chart describing landmark years for voting rights 1840 Jacksonian Democracy extended the right to vote to all white males 21+ even if they did not own property
By 1971, everyone over the age of 18 had the right to vote With only a few exceptions… Illegal aliens Non-registered voters Mental patients Dishonorably discharged soldiers
Absentee Ballot If you are away from your registered location, you may mail in your ballot
Vote Behavior College graduates, high-income individuals, religious Christians and Southern states tend to vote Republican Low and middle income, educated, liberal, and urban individuals tend to vote Democrat
Voting as a Privilege In other countries, people are literally dying for the privilege to vote
Non-Voters But in the land of the free, some people have become too comfortable and voting is a burden Who needs to vote when you look like me? I wonder what’s on TV tonight…
So please, vote!
California Elections Governor – Meg Whitman (R) – Jerry Brown (D) U.S. Senate – Barbara Boxer (D) – – Carly Fiorina (R) – California Initiatives – Prop 19 – Prop 21 – Prop 23
Get into groups of 3 or less 1.Read about each candidate or proposition 2.Discuss with your group reasons why you would or would not vote for each item 3.In your notes, describe arguments for and against each item 4.At the end of the period, you will have the chance to cast your vote