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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...

Gerrymandering: Manipulating Democracy

Problem Do you know what your voting district looks like? If you aren’t a voter, and even if you are, why would you? It doesn’t seem important—which is why most people don’t under...

Lobbying: Lend Me Your Ear

Introduction You’re waiting in the lobby of your government’s legislative building. Maybe you plan to convince your representative to vote yes on stricter environmental laws with ...

Amending the Constitution: Get With the Times

Problem The Constitution of the United States has often been called a “living document.” Why? Labeling it a founding document makes sense - the Constitution outlines our current g...

Bill of Rights: Listed Liberties

The Problem The year is 1789. The American Constitution has just been implemented, and it neatly lays out how the federal government should be run. However, it doesn’t say much ab...

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...