A series of worksheets that help students understand the democratic process of elections that takes place in the United States.

Election Day in the United States has been the first Tuesday of November for almost 300 years now. Tuesday was chosen as not to interfere with religious ceremonies of many faiths that usually occur on Sundays. Even though you can be elected at the age of 35, John F Kennedy was the youngest to ever be elected at the age of 43. Interesting fact, the State of Ohio has recorded the vote of every President since 1944. Until 1856 you needed to be a property owner in order to run for the office of the President of the United States. George Washington was the only President to ever win 100% of the vote. I guess it helped that he ran unopposed.

The worksheets below look at all forms of the democratic process of elections including political party systems and the campaign process.

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How Are All the Votes Counted? Reading Passage

There are several ways that citizens can vote. The traditional method of voting is to cast a ballot in person at a polling place. Polling place what an official voting location is called. Voters used to mark a paper ballot with their vote and election officials counted the ballots by hand.

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Multiple Choice Questions

The vote count in a Presidential Election is certified at what level?

Short Answer Questions

The election results indicate that 131.2 million Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election. This was approximately 63% of the eligible voters. How many Americans were eligible to vote in the election?

What Are Primaries and Caucuses?

There are two major political parties in the United States: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Sometimes people run as independents, not belonging to any party, or as third-party candidates representing some new party that's trying to form but almost all elected officials, especially in the federal government, belong to one of the two major parties.

Multiple Choice Questions

Political parties want to select a presidential nominee who is what?

Short Answer Questions

Democrats and Republicans hold primaries to help determine their presidential candidate. Do some research to find out how third parties select a candidate.

What Is Super Tuesday?

As many as 10 or 12 qualified potential presidential candidates will seek to become the Democratic or Republican presidential nominee and actually run for President of the United States. At one time in history delegates to the Democratic or Republican National Convention selected their nominee at the time of the convention.

Multiple Choice Questions

Which state traditionally holds the first caucuses in the nation?

Short Answer Questions

Describe how the Democratic and Republican political parties narrow the group of potential candidates who want to run for president down to the one nominee.

What Are Political Parties?

Party is one of many English words that has multiple meanings. Most of us think of a party as a gathering of people who want to celebrate and have fun, like at a birthday party.

Multiple Choice Questions

How many major political parties are there in the U.S.?

Short Answer Questions

Are people who belong to a political party required to vote for each of the candidates that the party nominates to run in the election? Explain why or why not.

The Democratic Party

The Democratic Party traces its roots to the founders of the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others founded the party in 1792.

Multiple Choice Questions

Which president is responsible for creating the national convention?

Short Answer Questions

The original name for the Democratic Party was the Democratic-Republican Party. When did the name change and why?

The Republican Party

The Republican Party had its first formal meeting on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The founders of the Republican Party were against slavery and believed that the government should give public land in the West to settlers for free.

Multiple Choice Questions

What is the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution?

Short Answer Questions

What is the relationship between the Democratic-Republican Party founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and the Republican Party?

The Campaign Process

Place the following steps of political campaigning in the right order. Then, give details to explain how to do each step.

Comparing Candidates

Use this chart to help you compare two candidates for an upcoming election.

Presidential Elections Special Circumstances

What happens if a new president isn't chosen by the inauguration?

Election Review

Unscramble and define the following words related to the US presidential election process.

The Electoral College

You've been asked to write a newspaper article about the Electoral College. Use this Planning sheet to help organize your facts about the topic.

The Process of Electoral Voting

Fill in information about each step in the Electoral College.

Congress and the Election Process

Fill in the Venn Diagram to show how the Senate and House of Representatives differ in the election process.

Primary Elections

The winners of the primary elections for each political party will be the ones who do what?

Planning a School Campaign

Use this sheet to help you plan a campaign for a school election.

The History of Elections

Create a timeline from the start until the early 70s.

Why It Is Important to Vote?

It is easy to see that well over 100 years ago American citizens were promoting the importance of voting. The American way of life depends upon democracy and a basic principle of democracy is that every citizen is allowed to participate in how the country and the government are run.

Multiple Choice Questions

Voting is the key to maintaining American freedoms and American society yet American people are ignoring their right and duty to vote. About 60% of the total registered voters voted in the 1960 Presidential Election, less than 40% in the 1996 election and about 63% in the historic 2008 election.

Short Answer Questions

China is still considered to be a Communist country. Do some research and write a short report about the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 that occurred in China.

Why and How Do You Register to Vote?

These are simple rules but if everyone had to prove that they were eligible to vote when they arrived at the polling place (the location for voting), the voting process would be very complicated and slow.

Multiple Choice Questions

To be eligible to vote how old must the voter be at the time of the election?

Short Answer Questions

A 21 year-old student from China is attending a U.S. university and plans to return home after graduation. Is this student eligible to vote for president of the United States? Explain your answer.