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Community Involvement, Fys, Spring 2008


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Presentation on importance of being politically involved as a college student in Pocatello, Idaho.

Presentation on importance of being politically involved as a college student in Pocatello, Idaho.

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  • 1. GRAHAM GARNER FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR SPRING 2008, SECTION 8 Community Involvement: Participating in Democracy
  • 2. Why Participate?
    • You live here, either as a resident or a student
    • Policies and taxes affect you
      • Sales tax
      • Property tax
      • Student fees
    • Youth participation is too low
    • Issues: military service, alcohol consumption, taxes, funding for school, housing, grants and loans, etc.
  • 3. Registering to Vote
    • Qualifications
      • A Citizen of the United States
      • 18 years of age, or older (by Election Day)
      • A resident in the state and in the county for (30) days prior
    • Driver’s license number or last four digits of SSN
    • Same-day registration at polling place:
      • complete a registration card
      • make an oath in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State
      • document which contains a valid address in the precinct
      • photo ID card
  • 4. Delegates
    • What is a delegate?
    • A delegate is a supporter of a candidate and a representative of a political party
    • Delegates selected from county caucuses go to state conventions to have a chance to be selected to represent Idaho at the National Convention
  • 5. Primaries and Caucuses
    • Democrats
      • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008
      • Delegates at stake: 23, awarded proportionally
      • Style: Caucus
      • Total needed nationally for nomination: 2,025
    • Republicans
      • Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
      • Delegates at stake: 32, awarded proportionally
      • Style: Primary (may be closed)
      • Total needed nationally for nomination: 1,191
  • 6. Caucuses
    • No need to pre-register; sign-in at the door and pledge to vote in county in the general election.
    • No party registration.
    • When you sign-in at the door, the form that you will sign will state that you are a Democrat
    • However, no one turned away because of party affiliation and information not registered with State.  You do not have to be a registered voter to participate in the Democratic Caucus.
  • 7. Caucuses: The Process
    • How does the Caucus work?
      • Sign-in, select Democratic Presidential nominee on your ballot.
      • Roll call, state your nominee.
      • Room divided according to candidate.
      • Supporters make speeches to persuade undecided voters.
      • Candidates with less than 15% can either:
        • support a different candidate
        • or no delegates will be allotted to that candidate.
      •   After speeches, voters can change and sign new ballot.
      • Candidate with 15% or more of the support of the voters in the room will be allocated delegates proportionally.
  • 8. Holt Arena:
    • Election is Tuesday, Feb. 5 (today)
    • Bond is for $24 million to paid over 20 years
      • $20 million for upgrades (Pocatello)
      • $4 million for future maintenance endowment (Chubbuck)
    • Must pass by supermajority (two-thirds of voters)
    • Must pass in Pocatello and Chubbuck
    • Impact: ~$7/month for $100,000 taxable property
    • Pocatello voters:
    • Chubbuck voters: City Office, 5160 Yellowstone Ave