Do Now Where you surprised by something you learned about either Obama or Romney from the PBS documentary The Choice 2012? If so, what was it? Why were you surprised?(Use your notes to refresh your memory)
Agenda1. DO NOW2. Nominating and Electing Leaders Notes3. Worksheet 10.44. Upfront Magazine- Electoral College 101 and According to the Latest Poll…5. Notebook TestUNIT 3 TEST WEDNESDAY!!!NOTEBOOK CHECKS BEGIN FRIDAY 10/19 YOU SHOULD HAVE A1INCH BINDER AND 4 DIVIDERS!!
Competencies/ Objectives Competency: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the electoral process. SWBAT list the steps of the electoral process. SWBAT explain the electoral college and the role electors play in choosing the president.
The Electoral College Representative Democracy Popular vote- vote of the citizens of a country Presidents are not elected by popular vote your vote is for people called electors
Voters Elect Electors elector- one of the people chosen from each state and the District of Columbia who formally select the president and vice president. Electoral college-group of all the electors 538 electors in electoral college
Voters Elect Electors Continued Each state has a number of electors equal to the total # of senators and representatives it has in Congress. District of Columbia has 3 electoral votes 100+ 435+3= 538 Electoral votes- votes cast by electors for president and vice president
Electors Elect the President Adding up the electoral votes of each state won by each candidate predicts who will win presidential election. Electors meet a few weeks after election day to officially cast ballots. The candidate who receives 270 or more electoral votes wins If no one wins majority the House of Reps chooses from among the 3 leading candidates If no candidate receives a majority of votes for VP the Senate chooses that official. Congress had to choose president in 1800 and 1824 and VP in 1836
The Nomination Process National nominating convention- delegates go to their party’s convention to nominate candidates for president and vice president. Conventions are televised and used to win support. Platform- a written statement outline a political party’s views on issues and describing the programs it proposes. Plank-political party’s specific proposal for legislation or a statement of a short-term goal regarding a single issue. Planks are the components of a party platform.
Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates Candidates are officially chosen at national nominating conventions. To win nomination candidate must win a majority of the convention delegates’ votes. Delegates nominate candidates for VP VP candidates are chosen for ability to win votes Nominee for president has strongest say in VP candidate