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Community Involvement, Fys, Spring 2008


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Presentation on importance of being politically involved as a college student in Pocatello, Idaho.

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Community Involvement, Fys, Spring 2008

  1. 1. GRAHAM GARNER FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR SPRING 2008, SECTION 8 Community Involvement: Participating in Democracy
  2. 2. Why Participate? <ul><li>You live here, either as a resident or a student </li></ul><ul><li>Policies and taxes affect you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales tax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Property tax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student fees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth participation is too low </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: military service, alcohol consumption, taxes, funding for school, housing, grants and loans, etc. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Registering to Vote <ul><li>Qualifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Citizen of the United States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 years of age, or older (by Election Day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A resident in the state and in the county for (30) days prior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Driver’s license number or last four digits of SSN </li></ul><ul><li>Same-day registration at polling place: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>complete a registration card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make an oath in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>document which contains a valid address in the precinct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>photo ID card </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Delegates <ul><li>What is a delegate? </li></ul><ul><li>A delegate is a supporter of a candidate and a representative of a political party </li></ul><ul><li>Delegates selected from county caucuses go to state conventions to have a chance to be selected to represent Idaho at the National Convention </li></ul>
  5. 5. Primaries and Caucuses <ul><li>Democrats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegates at stake: 23, awarded proportionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Style: Caucus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total needed nationally for nomination: 2,025 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Republicans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegates at stake: 32, awarded proportionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Style: Primary (may be closed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total needed nationally for nomination: 1,191 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Caucuses <ul><li>No need to pre-register; sign-in at the door and pledge to vote in county in the general election. </li></ul><ul><li>No party registration. </li></ul><ul><li>When you sign-in at the door, the form that you will sign will state that you are a Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>However, no one turned away because of party affiliation and information not registered with State.  You do not have to be a registered voter to participate in the Democratic Caucus. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Caucuses: The Process <ul><li>How does the Caucus work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign-in, select Democratic Presidential nominee on your ballot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roll call, state your nominee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Room divided according to candidate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporters make speeches to persuade undecided voters. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidates with less than 15% can either: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>support a different candidate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or no delegates will be allotted to that candidate. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  After speeches, voters can change and sign new ballot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidate with 15% or more of the support of the voters in the room will be allocated delegates proportionally. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Holt Arena: <ul><li>Election is Tuesday, Feb. 5 (today) </li></ul><ul><li>Bond is for $24 million to paid over 20 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$20 million for upgrades (Pocatello) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$4 million for future maintenance endowment (Chubbuck) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Must pass by supermajority (two-thirds of voters) </li></ul><ul><li>Must pass in Pocatello and Chubbuck </li></ul><ul><li>Impact: ~$7/month for $100,000 taxable property </li></ul><ul><li>Pocatello voters: </li></ul><ul><li>Chubbuck voters: City Office, 5160 Yellowstone Ave </li></ul>