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Election 2008

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

Volunteers at polling place

Volunteers collect ballots on Super Tuesday (Image source. More about the photograph)


Ben’s Guide: Elections (US Government Printing Office)
While a bit text-heavy, this U.S. Government website provides a thorough explanation of how we elect a president, senators, and representatives, and (for higher grade levels) information on primaries, election day, voter registration, and the duties and responsibilities of citizens.

Elections: The American Way (Library of Congress)
From the Learning Page lessons created alongside the American Memory website, this historically weighted resource treats both past and present elections in terms of:

Includes interesting material about how the major parties have changed over time, and covers issues such as slavery which have dominated past elections.

Electionline (The Pew Center)
Nonpartisan, non-advocacy site providing news and analysis on state and national election reform. The news feed breaks down into items of individual state or national scope. The calendar and administrative pages are dedicated to voter registration and candidate deadlines.

The Electoral College

Does My Vote Count? Understanding the Electoral College (LEARN NC)
A lesson plan and primer created by LEARN NC that explains the electoral college, examines its role in some controversial elections, and discusses how much a citizen’s vote actually “weighs.”

Methods of Voting

Vote: The Machinery of Democracy (The Smithsonian)
This interactive exhibit from the National Museum of American History explores how ballots and voting systems have evolved as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote. Informative and full of visual aids but only updated through 2004.

Elections and Money

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics)
Money talks and the candidates are listening. Are they listening more to the money than their constituents, or is the money representative of the will of the people? Learn about money and its role in politics. Provides explanations of the role and impact of PACs, soft money, and lobbying, and analyzes the issues from a financial perspective. Maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Reform organizations
A number of organizations are working to lessen the role of money in politics. Here are a few of the most prominent: