Chapter 8: Campaigns and Elections


Resources on the World Wide Web



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Resources on the World Wide Web


Federal Elections Commission: http://www.fec.gov/

Project Vote Smart: http://www.vote-smart.org/

Campaigns and candidates: http://www.cq.com

Election history: http://clerkweb.house.gov/

League of Women Voters: http://www.lwv.org/

Kids Voting USA: http://www.kidsvotingusa.org/



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Did You Think That…?


1. Politics in America actually offers very few awards.

2. According to the text, the turnout rates of registered Americans are comparable to rates of Europeans, who are registered by their governments.

3. No. Example: Since 1994, the Republicans have basically controlled the Congress. American President Bill Clinton (1992–2000) was a democrat serving during the same frame.

4. This is not always true. Political party affiliation, the state of the economy and the character of the candidate can be deciding factors.

5. Presidential campaigns rely on a mixture of public and private sources of funds for their financing. In terms of private funding, however, both for presidential and congressional campaigns, most money comes from individual donors who, by law, are limited to donations of $2,000.

6. As many as two-thirds of the electorate choose on the basis of party loyalty or personality themes rather than, or in addition to, issues. Many voters know how they intend to vote before the election campaign.

7. Democracy has really nothing to do with the problem. There are other identifiable factors for low voter turnout such as weak political parties in America.




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