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```					Elections 101: Activities

Review the basic information about the Electoral College from the lesson
listed below. Then try the activities for more learning.

The Federal Election Commission
http://www.fec.gov/pages/ecworks.htm
Understanding the Electoral College by Cara Anaam
http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent/selectedArticles/article2vol18.htm

Activity 1

NARA Electoral College Calculator
US National Archives and Records Administration
http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/calculator.html

Try predicting who will win the next presidential election. Create your own
results by clicking on a different button in one of three columns, Democrat
(D), Republican (R), and Third Party (O).

After you have made your selections, click "Tally" to see the new results,
then click "Reset” try again!

Activity 2

Be a Campaign Strategist
This activity lets students act as campaign strategists and design plans of
attack for accumulating the 270 votes needed to win the presidency. Use

2000 Electoral Results by State
http://www.c-span.org/classroom/govt/electoral1.asp

4b03d8dd-a623-48aa-a7d0-14e4b403322e.doc                        Election 2004 Project
Northern Berkshire ABE http://abeged.com   1             Thelma Margulies/Carole Blair
2000 Electoral Results in descending order
http://www.c-span.org/classroom/govt/electoral2.asp

Interactive Electoral Map
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2004/politics101/politics101_ecmap.html

http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/calculator.html

Use the electoral vote tallies from the 2000 presidential election to predict

1. Win 270 electoral votes without winning California, Texas, or New
York.

2. Win 270 electoral votes by winning only states that have 12 or more

3. Can the presidency be won by only winning states that are east of the
Mississippi river? How many electoral votes do those states equal?

4. What is the most efficient way to reach 270 electoral votes? (i.e. list
the fewest states that equal 270 electoral votes.)

5. Make your own predictions about which states will vote Democratic or
Republican in 2004. Are there any states that you would classify as
"swing" states? If so, list each state.

Source: http://www.c-span.org/classroom/2004vote/strategy.asp

Activity 3
C-SPAN Interactive Quizzes
C-SPAN The 2004 Race Quiz               C-SPAN The Voting Process Quiz

4b03d8dd-a623-48aa-a7d0-14e4b403322e.doc                           Election 2004 Project
Northern Berkshire ABE http://abeged.com   2                Thelma Margulies/Carole Blair

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