WELCOME TO ELECTION CONNECTION – #2!
INCORPORATING ELECTION ISSUES INTO THE CLASSROOM
A fun way to learn about election-related vocabulary is to play “Election Bingo”! I found theElection Vocabulary List and Bingo Cards on the Teacher Vision website, and used it in my American Government and Politics class as vocabulary review. You could also play a different version of the game by playing, “What Am I?” In this version, you would put each vocabulary word on a piece of paper and tape it to the back of each student. Students would have to ask questions to try and figure out the vocabulary word on their back. The catch is that only yes or no questions can be asked.
Also attached is a “Sharing Internet Resources” handout; a quick reference guide to election-related sites. You may wish to post this on your D2L site for students to use as a quick reference for election-related information.
Now that the National Party Conventions are done, you may want to review the Party Platforms that were adopted at the respective sessions: 2012 Republican National Convention Platform and the 2012 Democratic National Convention Platform.
Here is a summary of the Steps to a Presidential Election; specific steps are as follows: 1) Candidate announces plans to run for office; 2) Candidate campaigns to win delegate support; 3) Caucuses and primary elections take place in the state; 4) Nominee for president is announced at National Party Conventions; 5) Citizens cast their vote; 6) The Electoral College casts its vote; 7) The president is inaugurated.
Now that we’ve completed Step #4, it’s time to prepare to cast our votes! Go to the Minnesota Secretary of State Registering to Vote page for details. In Minnesota, you may register at least 20 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota you must: be at least 18-years old on Election Day, be a citizen of the United States, have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day; have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed; not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights; and not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law. You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in person to your local election official. Find contact information for your county elections official by using the Election Official Directory.
Ÿ CONSTITUTION WEEK (September 17-21): MCTC Student Life will be hosting several events including an “Introduction to Voting” workshop that will be presented by the Voter Outreach Coordinator of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday, September 18 at 2:30pm in H.2900. We are expecting the Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to attend a well! Separately, there will also be a Constitution Display in the library (lower “atlas” shelves by the computers) put together by PSCI 1101 American Government and Politics students.
Ÿ NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY (September 25): Look for a Voter Registration Table from 9:00am~2:00pm in the T-Skyway!
JUST A THOUGHT…
Listen to opposing viewpoints. It’s not uncommon for people to blindly follow the opinions generated by the party they wish to vote for, or just vote against the other party. An informed and educated voter should be able to come up with real reasons for why s/he is voting for someone or against someone else. The only way to do that is to consider the viewpoints of all candidates without bias.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy
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Faculty, Political Science
Minneapolis Community & Technical College