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Third Parties: Outsiders Looking In

Introduction You’ve probably heard of Democrats and Republicans, the two major political parties in the United States. Ever since the early 1800s, every American president has com...

Bush v. Gore (2000)

Case The 2000 Election between Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was historically close. On election night, a clear winner was not determined. While Gore was init...

Political Parties: Winner Takes All

Introduction We usually think of a “party” as a social gathering where we celebrate important events with friends and family or spend time together doing shared activities, like d...

Electoral College Debate: To Keep or Abolish?

Introduction Imagine you’re voting for class president. You would probably expect that the student with the highest number of votes would become president, and you’d likely be cor...

Electoral College: The Race for 270

Introduction It’s the second Tuesday in November: the day of the presidential election. You’ve done your research, chosen your favorite candidate, and you’re ready to go vote. Whe...

Census: Keeping Count

Introduction Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a detailed survey of the American population. This count is required by Article 1, Section 2 of the United S...