Elections In The United States


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Elections In The United States

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