Presentation on theme: "Mock Election Students get to vote in the local, state and national elections."— Presentation transcript:
Mock Election Students get to vote in the local, state and national elections.
Why is it important to vote? These candidates will decide your taxes, rights and how you live. To be an informed and active citizen
Don’t Elect A Scoundrel!
To Preserve Your Freedom.
How to select a Candidate 1.Character- Which person can I trust the most? 2.Qualifications- What education does this person have that would be helpful in the office they are seeking. 3. Experience- What experience does the person have that would help them deal with issues important to you. 4.Charisma-Will this person be able to move people to action.
How is the President Elected? 1. The Electoral college elects the president 2. Each state’s electors are equal to the number of representatives and senators. 3. The candidate with the majority of the electoral votes win.
Electoral votes --How many do each state get?
Can a candidate win the popular vote and loose the election? In 1876 Rutherford B.Hayes beat Samuel Tilden. Hayes got 48% of the popular vote while Tilden got 51%. Hayes won 20 states while Tilden won 17. Hayes won 185 electoral votes while Tilden won 184
Who is running for President? Democrat Al Gore Republican George W. Bush
Are there “third party candidates? Yes, but in America’s “winner takes all” elections, they rarely win. Serve as a protest vote. Jesse Ventura—Reform Party
Representatives to Washington How is the number of representatives determined? Population of the state How often are representatives elected? Every 2 years How many representatives does Utah get? 3
Utah’s congressional districts
Who is running for the 3 Utah Congressional Districts? First district Democrat Kathleen Collinwoood Republican James Hansen
Who is running for the 3 Utah Congressional Districts? Second district Democrat James Matheson Republican Derek Smith
Who is running for the 3 Utah Congressional Districts? Third district Democrat Donald Dunn Republican Chris Cannon
Senators to Washington How many senators do each state get? 2 per state How often are Senators elected? 6 years Who are Utah’s current Senators? Orrin Hatch, Robert Bennett
Who is running for the Senate? Democrat Scott Howell Republican Orrin Hatch
Utah’s Governor How often does the governor get elected in Utah? Who is the current Governor? Mike Leavitt Every four years
Who is running for Governor? Democrat Bill Orton Republican Michael Leavitt
Utah State Senate How many senators are in the Utah State Senate? –29 How long is their term? –Four years Map of Senate districts Map of Senate districts
Who is running for our senate? Democrat Jed Mitchell Republican Bill Wright
Utah Representatives to House How often are House members elected? –Every two years How many members of the House are there? –75 Map of House districts Map of House districts
Who is running for Spanish Fork’s Representative?? Democrat John Nielsen Republican Glenn Way
Who is running for Payson and County Representative? Democrat Paul Meredith Republican Darin Peterson
What is an initiative or referendum ? People collect 10% of the populations signatures. Initiative becomes law if it passes the election with a majority.
What is a proposition? To amend the Utah Constitution, the people have to approve the change Usually, not real major issues