2008-09 Student Council Elections William Halley Elementary School Our First Electronic Election • Students in grades 2-5 experienced democray by voting in electronic format for here at Halley. While waiting to vote, students learned about the history of voting in the U.S. and what it means to have individual opinions heard through the power of the vote. Enjoy these pictures of our future Adult Americans! Facts about voting in the USA • You have to be at least 18 years old to vote in the USA • You have to be a United States citizen in order to vote. • In order to become president you must be: – At least 35 years old – A natural born citizen of the United States – A resident of the United States for 14 years More Facts! • The two main political parties in the USA are Republican and Democrat. • The place where people vote is called a poll. • In the U.S. we vote for president every four years on the first Tuesday of November. Did you know… • You cast your vote using a ballot. • Once a president is elected, they will be the president for at least 4 years. • A person running for office is called a candidate. Changes…. • Women were not allowed to vote until the year 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed. • The 14th Amendment to the Constitution in 1868 gave African Americans the right to vote, but states still found ways to prevent them from voting, by using tricks such as literacy tests. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
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