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For the past few weeks, the fifth graders have been learning all about the election process.  They read through books,  researched on websites, watched videos, and took notes throughout the entire learning process.  As a culminating activity, they wrote expository essays to explain everything they learned about the election.  Here are of few of the exemplary essays written by my fifth graders.

Election Process

 The basic process of selecting the president of the United States of America is laid out in the Constitution of the United States Federation. The election process is set up into five categories. The five categories are: the requirements, the conventions, the primaries and caucuses, the debates and the official elections, and the electoral college.


There are several requirements that you must have to become presidents. First, you must be at least thirty-five years of age. Secondly, you must be a native-born citizens of the United States. Thirdly, you have to be a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years. Finally, a person cannot be elected to a third term as president so you can only be president for eight years.

Conventions, primaries, and caucuses

The political parties choose their candidate by holding conventions, which are large meetings attended bydelegates. This year, the Republican convention was in Tampa, Florida. The Democratic convention was in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some delegates are selected by state primary elections. A primary is when we vote for our favorite candidate. In Florida, we have a primary election. In Iowa, they hold caucuses which is very much like primaries except the caucuses don’t have secret votes. A majority of delegates votes is needed to win the party’s nomination. The delegates let their chosen presidential candidate select a vice-presidential candidate.

Election and debate

The election is held every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In the general election, candidates for the president and vice-president run together on a ticket. Voters select one ticket to vote for, they cannot choose a presidential candidate from one ticket, and choose a vice-president from another ticket.  Before the election day, the presidential candidates and the vice-presidential candidates hold debates. A debate is when two candidates go on TV and they tell you what they are going to do when they are in office. They talk about health care plans, social security, education, the economy, jobs, foreign policy, taxes, the country’s security system, and the oil crisis. They have several debates at different times and they are on the news.

The electoral college

The national presidential election consists of a separate election in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. In all the 51 states, the voters are voting for electors. These electors make up the electoral college. The electoral college is not a school, but it is a system to make voting more fair. It takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. Each state has the same number of electors as it has senators and representatives. There are two senators from each state, but the number of representatives depends on the state’s population. There are about 538 electoral votes in the United States. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the election. The votes are counted on January 6. If there is no electoral college winner, then the House of Representatives chooses the president.

The president-elect and vice-president-elect, takes the oath of office and are inaugurated two weeks later on January 20. I think this is a very long, complicated, and expensive process. I am very interested in the presidential election. I am also amazed how it works and I am looking forward to the election and the inauguration which is going to come up in a couple of months. Vote now on November 6, for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Only one can win.


Election Process

                                                                            Election Process

The election for the President of the United States is held once every four years.  You have to be eighteen years old in order to vote for the President.  There are five steps to run for president. The five steps are requirements, primaries, conventions, election, and electoral college.

In order to run for President, there are several requirements.  You have to be at least thirty five years old.  You have to be born in the United States.  You have to be living in the USA for at least fourteen years prior  to running.

Each state has a primary. A primary is when we vote for our favorite candidate to run for president. This year the primaries were from January- July.  Some states have a caucus. A caucus is like you are in a room, you are either a Republican or Democrat. The head of the caucus says, If you are a Democrat come to this side to vote. If you are a Republican come to this side to vote.   Iowa has a caucus.

Every Four years they have a convention for Democrats and Republicans. The conventions are held the summer before the presidential election. This year, the Republican convention was held in Tampa, Florida.   The Democratic convention was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. A delegate is someone who speaks from a party. There is a delegate for Democrats and Republicans.

The presidential election voting is on November 6. The voting is always on the first Tuesday of November. There are debates. The debates are when the two main candidates are on tv and discussing important issues. Each debate, the candidates talk about one issue. The issues are taxes, economy, jobs, and relationships with other counties.

The electoral college is not an actual college. It is a system that makes voting more fair. Each state gets a certain number of votes based on the population. There are a total of 538 votes in the USA. A candidate has to get 270 votes to win the election. The electoral college takes place in December.

Now you know all the steps for running for president.  If you can make sure in January to watch the inauguration of the new president of the USA. Inauguration means to get sworn into office, therefore, the White House. For more information go online or to a library.



The Process of The Election

There are some times when independence and freedom are so important that it is impossible to put this feeling into words. It happens when a cry for justice is heard and then answered. This longing and urning in our minds will not go away until what you want is yours. So us, the people are in some ways more powerful, and have an impact upon mankind that no single person no matter what race or gender can or will ever achieve. But in the end, it is impossible that everybody is the same. Not all people have the same rights or looks. So there must be someone of power who helps guide the people. So too, was the election born. The election, a way for all people to have a chance for what they feel is right.


The first step to becoming a president, and the least competitive part, are the requirements. To be able to become a candidate, the government has strict rules that must be followed, if you wish to run. The first of these few, but important rules, is to be born in the U.S. Let us say that you were born in Mexico, but the next day your parents immigrated, you would still not be eligible. Following that rule, you must also be at least thirty-five years old to run. The last rule, is that you must be a citizen of the United States for fourteen years or more. The time that you become a citizen is starting at birth. If you have been a resident for thirteen years and then you go away, and if you come back and stay for a year, you can still run.

The requirements are of much importance, but to physically become the candidate for either the Republicans or the Democratsyou must go through the primaries. The primaries is a way so that there are only two people, one from each party, running. Most primaries begin in February. At the beginning of the primaries, there are many people who wish to run for president. Then the people of your state vote for one candidate to represent them. The person who gets the most states is the person who is running against the president, or other candidate. If the president has served only one term, and wishes to run again, then, whichever political party that person is from does not have a primary. Smaller states have caucuses instead of primaries. You sit in a big room and there are people who want different candidates in each corner. They try to get you to vote for this guy or that guy, and if you change your mind you go to the corner you want to vote for.  Also if you leave, you lose your vote.



Something that has to do with the primaries is the convention. The national convention is when the candidates speak about how they are going to help, and what they are going to do to help. They always do it every four years, the summer before the election. It is huge, the states send a certain amount of delegates depending on how big the state is. The delegates are people who are involved enough that the state chooses them to represent them. The delegates come to the convention, and the state believes in them so much that it allows them to vote for what the state’s majority vote is for a candidate. But to prove how trustworthy they are, they vote in private, in other words if the delegate wanted to change the vote when they got to the booth they could. After the votes have been counted up. There should only be one president and vice president running from each political party.



When the voting day on November six actually comes, the citizens vote. When you go to vote it doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or if you are Republican. It only matters when you have the primaries and the conventions. If you are a Republican, but you want to vote for the Democratic candidate you can. Before the election day, the presidents and vice presidents hold debates and talk about the economy, health plans, social security, oil shortages, and schooling. They try to convince the voter, one last time, and show them what the other person has been doing wrong. Then on election day they count up the the votes.

The way to win the election is through the electoral college. The electoral college is a system that makes the voting more fair. It goes like this, each state gets a certain amount of votes depending on how big a population is in a state. It also matters about how many districts there are in a state. For example, California, the biggest state in population, gets fifty-five votes, while Rhode Island gets only four votes. Different kinds of states have different opinions. Like in the past, the majority of people in California voted for Democrats, while Texas voted for Republicans. There is one last kind of state, which is like Florida. Florida is a swing state, another words it can go either way.
The way to hit majority is by getting two hundred and seventy votes.

I have now explained all the steps for running for president. I have gone over requirements, primaries, the convention, the election, and the electoral college. For the people who have faith in the election, it is most likely that you will vote and use this as a good reference.

The Election College


Have you ever wondered what the election process is about? Well not until now, because you are going to read about every part of it. There are five categories to the election process. The five categories are requirements, primaries and caucuses, conventions, election, and the electoral college. They all have a big part to say in the election process.


Here are some requirements to be allowed to run for president. First, you have to be at least thirty-five years old. Also, you must be a natural born citizen of the United States. Let’s say that you are born in China, but you move to the United States when you are one month old. Years later, you want to run for president, but you can’t because you are not a natural born citizen of the United States. If our country did not have that rule, then we might have terrorists running for president. Finally, you have to have lived in the United States for fourteen years.

Primaries and Caucuses

What is a primary election? A primary election is when we vote for our favorite candidate. In Florida we have a primary election. Some states have something called a caucus, like Iowa, which brings me to the next part of this paragraph. A caucus is a very difficult thing to explain.  Imagine that there is a room with a square in every corner. Each square has a name of a person running for president. The people go to a square that says the name of the person they are voting for. These people persuade each other to join their square. If someone leaves, their vote will not count. Caucuses can take hours so you might be very annoyed by the time it ends.


Pledged delegates are chosen with the understanding that they will support a particular candidate at the election. What is a delegate exactly? A delegate is a person sent to represent others. Each political party has its own convention. Conventions are held every four years so they are special. A convention is held the summer before the presidential election.


The election is one of the most important parts of the election process, because without it there would not be a president for the United States. On November 6, the election starts. All of the citizens vote for the candidate that they think will make the United States a better place. Just like the conventions, the elections are also held every four years, which makes them special. The most years a president can stay in office is eight years which means that they can only be in office for two elections.

Electoral College

 What does a college have anything to do with the election process? Well, it is not actually a college even though it looks like it. There are 538 total electoral votes. It takes 270 votes to win. If the population of a state is small, there will not be as many electoral votes for that state. For instance, California will get more electoral votes than Kansas, because California has a bigger population than Kansas.


Now you have learned about requirements, primaries and caucuses, conventions, elections, and the electoral college. Now that you know what these things are, you could test a friend though I am not saying that you have to. If you still do not understand the election process, then click on some of the links provided for you.


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