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Getting Counted: Is the system fair?

Throughout U.S. history, Americans have silently stewed and actively protested that presidential elections are unfair and fixed against them. Do they have a point?
OBJECTIVE: Students will understand why people are critical of the political process.
EXPLORE THE DEBATE: Do all voters have an equal voice in American democracy?

Election 2016: Chaotic Conventions Debate

SUMMARY: Students use a case study to debate the efficacy of our system for electing a president.
OBJECTIVE: Students will understand the purpose of party conventions, how they have evolved and their impact on the candidates and the electorate.
1. Ask students what they know about the bumpy road from presidential candidate to party nominee. What steps and events do contenders have to go through?
2. This case study is one of four in the Election Procedures section of the EDCollection that covers: declaring candidacy, competing in primaries and caucuses, being nominated at the national convention, and the final weeks of wooing voters before the general election.

Election 2016 Case Study: Entering the Race

In 2016, 22 people led the field of Republicans and Democrats running for president. They were joined by about 1,800 third-party, fringe and joke candidates. But is this field as open as it seems?

Election 2016 Case Study: Chaotic Conventions

National conventions are supposed to be a show of party power and solidarity, but there’s always the potential for dissent. Too many internal clashes lead parties to worry about their chances for victory in November.

Election 2016 Case Study: Entering the Race

In 2016, 22 people led the field of Republicans and Democrats running for president. They were joined by about 1,800 third-party, fringe and joke candidates. But is this field as open as it seems?

Election 2016 Case Study: Getting Counted

Throughout U.S. history, Americans have silently stewed and actively protested that presidential elections are unfair and fixed against them. Do they have a point?

Election 2016 Case Study: Media Mayhem

As the election season heats up, the candidates, their political parties, special interest groups and news outlets compete to get heard. The public is left to navigate conflicting messages and separate real news from noise.

Election 2016 Case Study: Rousing Rallies

Political rallies: the scene of rousing speeches, cheering supporters and seas of signs and flags. These events are presidential campaign staples, but what do they offer the electorate?

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