american government

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part 1: electoral college as your readings for this week point out, the president is not elected by a direct vote of the people but rather by the electoral college. some argue that this discourages voters from voting if they live in a state that goes for democrats or republicans in every election. voter turnout in “battleground” or “swing” states such as florida, virginia, ohio, wisconsin, and pennsylvania does tend to be higher but there are also reasons for this system. for this task answer the following questions in 3 paragraphs: are the number of electoral votes decided for each state? how many electoral votes are in your home state? which presidential candidate (obama or romney) won your state’s electoral votes in the 2012 election?(georgia) 2.briefly explain the “pros and cons” of the electoral system. ◦why do we have the electoral system? ◦what are some arguments against it? a few sentences, explain what you think. should the u.s. maintain the current electoral college system, move toward a national popular vote system, or use the “proportional voting” system for the electoral college used by maine and nebraska? you may not use websites such as “” or “wiki answers” in your writing task. there are lots of great resources, such as these listed below that provide you with information to answer these questions. • • • • • be sure to list any of the websites you used for your research by copying and pasting the link at the bottom of your task. part 2 1. select one of the interest groups/organizations listed below. • aarp – american association of retired people • aclu – american civil liberties union • afl-cio – american federation of labor – congress of industrial organizations • american conservative union • fpa-farm policy action • aipac - american israel public affairs committee • council on american-islamic relations • family research council • handgun control, inc. • glaad- gay & lesbian alliance against defamation • nan-national action network • national right to life • now – national organization of women • nra – national rifle association • american humane society • public citizen • sierra club • u.s. chamber of commerce • vfw-veterans of foreign wars 2. perform a web search to locate the group’s main web site. also, perform a web search for recent information about your group’s activities. you can either type up your report as an essay or you can give your information in a bullet-point list. make sure your paper answers all the questions. separate your responses with two spaces between answers. 1. what is the organization or group's website? 2. what are the issues your organization or group is concerned with? 3. what actions does your group take to try to influence policy and the public agenda? 4. assess your group: what are its strengths and weaknesses? back up what you say with specific examples demonstrating their effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness). remember to find weaknesses of the group, you will likely need to research beyond the group’s main website. 5. summarize two recent news articles from the organization or group in a paragraph. be sure to look for news other than that on the group’s website, such as news articles in newspapers online. note: be sure to include the websites where you found your information.
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