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The Power of Civic Engagement

The Power of Civic EngagementVoting/ civic participationWho is this?

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Popular sovereigntyHow do Americans participate?Why do Americans participate?Self governmentParticipation is attachment to:CommunityStatesCountryActive participation on civic life

Voluntary AssociationsUnpaid groups that solve community problems and take care of one anotherReligious organizationsSocial organizationService and business organizationsNongovernmental organizationsNGOsParticipation in National GovernmentPolitical PartiesTwo majorThird partiesPublic PolicyPublic opinionVotingElectoral CollegeHow does the Electoral College work?ReviewThe MechanicsThe Presidential Election should be viewed as 51 separate elections each with a winner take all systemExcept for Main & NebraskaTo win a candidate must get a majority of 538 votes or 270Each state is represented in the EC according to their total number of members of CongressThe Mechanics ContdThe total electoral vote of 538 is based on 100 senators, 435 representatives for the 50 states. The 23rd Amendment gave Washington, DC 3 electoral votesThe candidates compete in 50 states and DC for electoral votes and the winner must have at least 270The Electoral College always works when there are only two candidates

the electoral college by scaling the sizes of states to be proportional to their number of electoral votesThe Mechanics ContdIf there are more than two candidates, the system might not workIf the system does not work, the House elects the President and the Senate elects the Vice-President. This has not happened since 1824.Politics 101Election forecastCNN mapVideo: Electoral CollegeVoter TurnoutAccording to US Census 2012According to US Census 200873.3% registered voters63.6% voter turnoutWhite 64% (non-Hispanic)African Americans 65%Hispanic 45%Asians 42%Age 45 and higher 70%Young adults (18 24) 48.5%Men 61.5%Women 65.7%71.1% register voter61.8% voter turnoutWhite 64% (non-Hispanic)African American 66%Hispanic 48%Asians 47%Age 45 and higher 63.8%Young adults (18-24) 41.2%Men 59.7%Women 63.7%Elections are administrated at the state and local levelsAlmost all states required voters to register with country officialsNational Voter Registration Act (1993)Early votingAbsentee ballotsMail-in ballotsTo increase voting turnout people have suggestedNational Election Day24hrs polling places