This will be the final edition of the Election Connection e-mail! I hope you found it to be both informative and useful!
Please encourage your students to vote next Tuesday! You may wish to “cut and paste” the following information onto your D2L page for easy reference:
In Minnesota, you will be able to vote on Tuesday, November 6th from 7:00am~8:00pm at most polling places. Click on the following link to find your Polling Place and Sample Ballot.
If you are already registered to vote, you should have received a postcard with information about where you vote (polling place) and your name will appear on the list of voters at your polling place.
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling place on Election Day. To register at your polling location, you must provide proof of residence, complete a voter registration application, and sign an oath stating that you are eligible to vote in the precinct. For additional details, see the Minnesota Secretary of State “Registering to Vote” page.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND THE INAUGURATION
This year’s election promises to be a close race and the focus will be on the number of Electoral College votes. A majority of 270 electoral votes out of 538 presidential electors from each state is required to elect the President. Click HERE for more on the Electoral College process.
Once the ballots are counted, the presidential inauguration will take place on January 20th. Here’s some fun trivia about the inauguration ceremony:
- The inauguration is held on January 20th. It used to be on March 4th, but the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made it the 20th.
- Four presidents didn’t give an inaugural address – John Tyler (10th), Millard Fillmore (13th), Andrew Johnson (17th), and Chester Arthur (21st).
- In each case, the incoming president was succeeding a President who had died in office.
- George Washington’s second inaugural address was the shorted at only 135 words, while William Henry Harrison’s was the longest at 8,495 words.
- Incidentally, Harrison died on his 32nd day in office of complication from pneumonia.
With thanks to Sandy Berkowitz (Communication Studies) for spearheading the effort, we had a terrific turnout for the fourDebateWatch events hosted at MCTC! In total, we estimate 250~300 students, staff, and community members attended the events, which were held on Oct 3, 11, 16 and 22. Click HERE for a series of articles about DebateWatch in MCTC’s City College News.
The MCTC Library’s October main entry display featured books on elections and voting. They are also celebrating Banned Books Week, with a display in the Reference Research area.
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ~ Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing
Thank you for your support and interest in incorporating election related issues into your classrooms!
Faculty, Political Science
Minneapolis Community & Technical College