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Kids voting election2010_mshs

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  1. 1. Election 2010 Grades 6-12 www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  2. 2. Political parties Groups of people who have similar ideas Major US political parties – Democrats – Republicans – Libertarians Voting tip: – Focus more on the individual candidates, their ideas and solutions than the parties www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  3. 3. On the ballot US Senate US House of Representatives NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Mecklenburg County Commission Mecklenburg County Sheriff District Attorney Bonds www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  4. 4. United States Senate The Senator: – Represents NC in the United States Senate – Makes decisions – Works with others… • …to make national laws and policies on topics such as education, the environment, highways, taxes and global issues www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  5. 5. United States Senate Vote for 1 candidate Elaine Marshall Richard Burr Michael Beitler www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  6. 6. United States House The Representative: – Represents North Carolina residents in the United States House of Representatives – Makes decisions – Works with the Senate to create and approve legislation – Initiates revenue bills, including taxes – Can impeach officials – Elects the President in the event of an Electoral College deadlock www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  7. 7. United States House District 8 – If this is your district, vote for 1 Larry Kissell Harold Johnson Thomas Hill www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  8. 8. United States House District 9 – If this is your district, vote for 1 Jeff Doctor Sue Myrick www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  9. 9. United States House District 12 – If this is your district, vote for 1 Mel Watt Greg Dority Lon Cecil www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  10. 10. NC Supreme Court The Supreme Court is NC’s highest court. – There is no further appeal in the state on the judges’ decisions. – The Court has no jury and makes no determination of fact. – It focuses only on procedures and judicial interpretation. The court has a chief justice and 6 associate justices who sit on a panel in Raleigh. www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  11. 11. NC Supreme Court Associate Justice: Vote for 1 candidate Robert C. “Bob” Hunter Barbara Jackson www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  12. 12. County Commission The County Commission: – Adopts the annual county budget – Sets the property tax rate – Defines county priorities and policies • on services such as parks, libraries, schools, health – Hires the county manager • a professional who manages the daily operations of the county www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  13. 13. County Commission Vote for 1-3 candidates Harold Dan Jennifer Jim Dan Corey Jack Cogdell Murrey Roberts Pendergraph Ramirez Thompson Stratton www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  14. 14. Sheriff The Sheriff oversees: – The operation of jails – Delivery of legal papers (lawsuits) – Courthouse security – The Sheriff's Department, the county's law enforcement agency The Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department serve different functions www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  15. 15. Sheriff Vote for 1 candidate Chipp Bailey Christopher Hailey www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  16. 16. District Attorney The District Attorney, or DA: – The District Attorney’s Office is part of North Carolina Government. The state is divided into districts, most covering multiple counties. The 26th District covers only Mecklenburg County – The DA’s office prosecutes traffic offenses, misdemeanors and felonies on behalf of the State – Includes misdemeanors, drugs, crimes against property, crimes against persons, homicide and special cases www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  17. 17. District Attorney Vote for 1 candidate Michael Barnes Andrew Murray www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  18. 18. Bonds Bonds are debt instruments issued by government Investors include private citizens, companies, banks and others Pays for capital projects – Roads – Schools – Jails – Neighborhood improvements www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  19. 19. Bonds Vote for all bonds you support Roads and Transportation $156,600,000 Neighborhood Improvements $32,000,000 Affordable Housing $15,000,000 www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  20. 20. Read, think, decide 1. Learn about the candidates and issues 2. Think about the information 3. Choose a candidate or issue 4. Vote 5. After the election, keep track of the candidates, their promises and actions www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  21. 21. Read and learn A helpful place to start: pick an issue you care about – Education, environment, health, neighborhoods, safety, children Find information about the candidates – www.kidsvoting.org – www.charmeckvotes.org – www.charlotteobserver.com – Candidate websites – Videos of debates and interviews – Other sources? www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  22. 22. Think Does this information help me? Is it from a good, truthful source? Does it fit other facts I know? How does it make me feel? Do I know enough to make a decision? – If not, learn and read more www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  23. 23. Choose a candidate What does each candidate say? – Ideas? – Solutions? – Complaints? – Questions? Which one do you agree with the most? Will the candidate will do a good job? Is the candidate a leader or a politician? www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  24. 24. Vote At school Online At voting sites – Early Voting – Election Day Ask your teacher or parents how you can vote in Election 2010 Visit www.kidsvoting.org to learn more www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt
  25. 25. After the election Look for election results – Compare the results of the official election with the student vote Keep track of the winning candidates – Do they keep their campaign promises? – Do they make good decisions? Stay involved – Watch or attend government meetings, write letters or email officials www.kidsvoting.org | facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte | twitter.com/kidsvotingclt

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