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Raising A.B.C. (A Better Citizen)  Who Really Elects the President

Raising A.B.C. is designed to help students discover how candidates get elected and how participating in the voting process creates better citizens.  Raising A.B.C.--Kids Get Out the Vote was written by Peggy Wyns-Madison, a former Teachers Network web mentor. 


Who Really Elects the President?


Every four years in November, citizens around the U.S. walk into voting booths and vote for the candidate they want to become the next President. That December, a group of electors from the Electoral College vote for the President and Vice President. 

  • Who are the electors? 

  • How are they selected? 

  • Why do we have an Electoral College?


Visit the National Archives and Record Administration web site to find the answers, or peruse an Electoral College Primer

When you've gathered facts about the Electoral College, try a few of these activities... 

Use the Electoral College Calculator to learn how the Electoral College works and how important each state's electors are to winning the election. 


Younger students from grades 3 to 5 may try this Electoral Game

 

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