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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...

PACs and Super PACs: Fundraising Powerhouses

Introduction Imagine that you are running for a U.S. Senate seat. Campaigning is hard work - you’ll need to find various ways to connect with voters and persuade them that you’re ...

Ranked Choice Voting: A New Way to Vote

Introduction It’s the day of school government elections, and four students are running for class president. You really like one candidate, but you don’t equally dislike the other...

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...

Incumbency Advantage: Just Keep Winning

Introduction It’s a few weeks before the primary elections for Congress. You’re watching TV, and the anchor is talking about the upcoming Senate race in which someone is challengi...

Lame Ducks: The Last Quacks of Elected Officials

Introduction In the 18th century, businessmen in London suffering from financial problems were described as having to “waddle out of the alley like a lame duck.” Over time, the te...

Vote by Mail: Voting at Your Convenience

Introduction Quinn is getting ready to vote in the upcoming election but doesn’t want to go to the polling place. While researching alternative options, they learn that voters in ...