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  • Elections in the United States Nicole Chidiac
  • Voting…
    • Do you think it is important to vote? Why?
    • What do you think of Barack Obama winning the election?
  • How do the American Presidential elections work?
    • The presidential elections in the United States happen on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
      • Tuesday, November 4 th 2008
    • They take place every 4 years.
    • This process began in the year 1792.
    • The American elections for the president and the vice-president are indirect elections.
    • This means that voters cast ballots for a group of electors.
    • Then the electors vote for the president and vice president.
    • The electors are part of the Electoral College.
    • The Electoral College has 538 electors. Every state has a specific number of electors to represent it. For example, Illinois has 21 electors.
  • Voting booths
  • Democrats vs. Republicans
    • It is the largest political party in the United States.
    • 72 million people support this party
    • It was founded by Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence.
    • It is leftist. This means it is a liberal party.
    • It is also known as the Grand Old Party.
    • 55 million people support this party.
    • The Republican party came about in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected.
    • It is considered the right-wing party.
  • Who else is on the ballot?
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • Green Party
    • Libertarian
    • Constitution Party of Illinois
    • Independent: a person representing themselves. They do not run for a political party.
    • And a blank
    • This year, Barack Obama was elected on November 4 th , 2008.
    • Obama will be sworn in on January 20 th , 2009.
    • He was the Junior Senator of Illinois before running for the presidency.
    • He worked as a civil rights attorney.
    • “ Yes we can!”
  • What does this political cartoon tell you?
    • What do you think of this political cartoon?
  • Debating time! We are going to have a debate about a few important issues or topics from the United States.
      • Same sex marriages
      • Healthcare
      • The War in Iraq
  • Same sex marriages
    • Same-sex marriage , also referred to as gay marriage , is a marriage between two persons of the same sex.
    • Today, the federal government of the United States does not recognize same-sex marriage, under the Defence of Marriage Act, but same-sex marriage is currently legal in three states, Massachusetts and Connecticut and California.
    • Should same sex marriages be allowed in the United States?
  • Healthcare
    • There are over 40 million Americans with little to no health insurance.
    • This is almost the same as the population of Spain.
    • Health insurance is very expensive.
    • If you don’t have a job, you don’t have health insurance.
    • “ Because powerful, selfish, private economic and professional interests have so far blocked the enactment of such a program.”
    • Should there be universal healthcare in the United States?
  • The War in Iraq
    • This war began in 2003
    • The War in Iraq has cost over 500 billion dollars. It was predicted it would cost 100-200 billion dollars.
    • It is considered a war on terror.
    • Saddam Hussein was captured and executed.
    • The Iraqi military was defeated.
    • What do you think? Should the War in Iraq be ended?
  • Casualties in Iraq The Human Cost of Occupation Edited by Margaret Griffis :: Contact Latest Fatality Nov. 8, 2008 Over 100000 30774 Total Wounded : Estimated Official American Wounded 2494 2756 Since Election (1/31/05): 2757 3335 Since Handover (6/29/04): 3084 3732 Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3282 4054 Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) ( the list ) 3390 4193 Since war began (3/19/03):   American Deaths In Combat Total Date American Military Casualties in Iraq