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  1. 1. Elections 10/09/2006
  2. 2. Presidency <ul><ul><li>The President is actually elected by the Electoral College. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So my vote doesn’t count? WRONG! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Electoral College – How it works <ul><ul><li>Each State is given 2 Electors by default. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>States are also given more Electors equal to the number of members in the House of Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No State can have less than 3. (sky’s the limit on the most) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. So you want to win? <ul><ul><li>435 population based Electors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>+100 Electors (2 for every State) </li></ul><ul><li>+ 3 for the District of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Total: 538 </li></ul><ul><li>Number to win… 270! Your 270 electoral votes away from the Presidency! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are these people? <ul><ul><li>Selected by the State party (or sometimes Primaries) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not allowed to be a Federal employee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not allowed to be a candidate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They meet in a secret room, results are sealed. The President of the Senate (VP) read the results to Congress. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Tell the Secretary <ul><ul><li>Federal law states that Electors must file with the Secretary of State at least 30 days prior to the Election. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Secretary of State is the Chief Elections Officer. </li></ul></ul>Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita
  7. 7. How it works… <ul><ul><li>41 days after the Election… the Electors meet in the State Capitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vote for President and Vice President </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Certification of Vote) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sealed, and shipped off to Congress to be tallied </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What if they… <ul><ul><li>Don’t vote for who they are supposed to? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nothing is stopping them… there has been occasions throughout history…but never have affected the outcome of a Presidency. </li></ul>
  9. 9. So my vote doesn’t count? <ul><ul><li>Yes it does! These people are put in place to support your candidate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This system is wrong! That was proven in 2000 when Gore got the majority vote! IF the majority of us want him…he should be President! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Okay…but is that fair? <ul><ul><li>If majority vote were true… a handful of states would decide the President. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What about the smaller states? Shouldn’t they have a say to? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No geographic region has 270 votes. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Things to consider <ul><ul><li>Forefathers could not have imagined the communication break through we have today. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feared every State would vote ‘their’ candidate </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. What do I need to get 270? <ul><ul><li>So you want to be President? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have to be at least 35 years of age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Born Citizen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resident for 14 years </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. That’s it (cough per the Constitution) <ul><ul><li>You cannot be a felon either. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So there you have it. Your 35, born in the US, and have lived here for 14 years… get the 270 electoral votes and you’re the President. Piece of Cake </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. When do I vote? <ul><ul><li>1 st Tuesday of November </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally states had a 72 hour window. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why was that a bad idea? </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Who can vote? <ul><ul><li>You are a U.S. Citizen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your 18 years of age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are registered to Vote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not in jail on Election Day </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. States have a lot of power <ul><ul><li>States can implement election laws (more or less at their discretion) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could this be dangerous? Could a state influence outcomes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical example: Grandfather Clause -> prevented African Americans from voting. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. In Indiana for example… <ul><ul><li>In order to vote* you must present a Photo ID. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also ‘vote anywhere’ centers are being planned for 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SVRS </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Got ID? <ul><ul><li>Display the voter’s photo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display name, and name must conform with voter registration record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show expiration date, and be current as of 11-4-2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issued by State or Federal Government </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. What about… <ul><ul><li>Your Jagtag? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it have an expiration date? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Exceptions to the ID rule… <ul><li>Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct's polling place. </li></ul><ul><li>A voter wishing to claim an exemption from the photo ID requirement based on indigence or a religious objection may do so in one of two ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go the polls on Election Day, and cast a provisional ballot. Within 10 days of the election, visit the county election office and affirm that an exemption applies to the voter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vote absentee-in-person at the county election office before Election Day, and while there, affirm that an exemption applies to the voter. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A voter who is a resident at a state-licensed facility that serves as his or her polling place may claim the exemption at the polls on Election Day. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Vote <ul><ul><li>Are you registered? You have until tomorrow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have an ID? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you know your polling location? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you researched the candidates? </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. If you answered to No to any <ul><ul><li>Please visit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>w ww.in.gov/sos/elections </li></ul><ul><li>Our system of government has been envied by many… take advantage of it. It’s your right, it’s your responsibility. </li></ul>