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Election 2012 Grades K-5

Election 2012 Grades K-5



Information to help elementary school students prepare for Election 2012

Information to help elementary school students prepare for Election 2012



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    • Election 2012 Grades K-5www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Election vocabulary  Vote – Make a decision  Candidate – A person running for office  Office – An elected role in government  Referendum – A public vote on a question, policy or issue  Electoral College – Constitutional process by which the President is elected by state representatives, or Electorswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Political parties Groups of people who have similar ideas Major US political parties • Democrats www.democrats.org • Republicans www.gop.com • Libertarians www.lp.org Some government offices are nonpartisan • The individual candidates can have political ideas but don’t officially run as members of a political party • Includes school board and judgeswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • On the ballot Grades K-2 – President Grades 3-5 – President – Governor – Student referendum – Middle and high school ballot features more Election 2012 races. Optional online ballot is available with ALL offices on official ballot.www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • President President – 4-year term Role – Makes decisions – Works with Congress – Works with other countries – Follows and enforces U.S. laws – Leads the military – Represents the United Stateswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Candidates Barack Obama (D) Mitt Romney (R) Gary Johnson (L)www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Governor  Governor – 4-year terms  Role – Reports to the General Assembly on the business of North Carolina – Recommends a budget to the General Assembly and administers a balanced budget – Leads the state’s military forces (except when forces are called into action by the US) – Names state officers, such as judges – Signs North Carolina lawswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Candidates Walter Dalton (D) Pat McCrory (R) Barbara Howe (L)www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Student referendum Local officials want to know what YOU think! Make your voice heard. • City • County • CMS/Schools questions All students are invited to participate – you do not have to attend CMS or live in the city to have an opinion!www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • City City officials are thinking about a plan to make the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County one unit of government instead of having 2 different governments, groups of officials, and budgets within the same community. – Do you agree with this idea? • Yes • Nowww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • County You are a leader deciding on next year’s county budget. You have extra money. What will you do with the extra funds? • Make the community nicer (parks, libraries, environment) • Help people in need (health, job training, social services) • Save the money for future uses • Lower county taxeswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Schools – Question 1 Which new magnet school program would you like to see at CMS? • Museum • Health and Wellness • Teaching • Broadcast and Communication • Leadership • Residential (live on campus)www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Schools – Question 2 To help you learn better, what do you need more of in your classroom? • Technology • Guest speakers to talk about real work and life experiences • Opportunities for real-world problem solving • Partner with similar classrooms across the US/worldwww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Schools – Question 3 Which new Career and Technical Education program would you like to see at CMS? • Cosmetology (beauty services) • Automotive • Construction • Horticulture (plants, gardening, landscaping) • Culinary (cooking, food)www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Read, think, decide 1. Learn about the candidates 2. Think about the information 3. Choose candidates you like best 4. Vote 5. After the election, keep track of the candidates & their promises and actionswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Read and learn Start with an issue YOU care about – Education, environment, safety, transportation, economy/jobs, children, neighborhoods, teachers Find information about the candidates • GenerationNation www.generationnation.org/k12in2012 – Includes candidate debate videos and other information • Charlotte Observer www.charlotteobserver.com • NC Voter Guide www.ncvoterguide.orgwww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Think Does this information help me? Is it from a good, truthful source? Does it fit with other facts I know? How does it make me feel? Do I know enough to make a decision? • If not, learn and read more • Tip: Focus on the individual candidates, their ideas and solutions instead of political partieswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Choose a candidate Review – What did each candidate say? Did they… • Have ideas or solutions… • …or complain a lot? • Ask questions? Decide – Which one do you agree with the most? – Based on the information you know, do you think the candidate will do a good job?www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • Vote Who do YOU think should win in Election 2012? Make your voice heard! – K-12 students vote Oct. 22-Nov. 6 – www.generationnation.org – Results announced November 6 (evening) Voting options • Vote at school • Vote online, anywhere • Vote at Kids Voting booths at designated polling places on Oct. 27, Oct. 29, Nov. 3 and Nov. 6www.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation
    • After the election Look for official election results – Adult vote • Board of Elections www.meckboe.org and www.ncsbe.gov • Media www.charlotteobserver.com – Student vote • www.generationnation.org and www.facebook.com/GenerationNation • Did students elect different candidates? Keep track of the winning candidates – Do they keep their campaign promises? – Do they make good decisions? Stay involved – Watch or attend government meetings, write letters or email officialswww.generationnation.org | facebook.com/generationnation | twitter.com/gennation