The Topic:

Easier - An election is when something is decided or someone is chosen for an office or position by voting.
Harder - Elections are the process where people vote for the candidate or proposal of their choice. The right of the people to choose the government officials who represent and govern them is the basis of democratic government. Therefore elections are an important political activity of citizens. Elections are also the means of peacefully transferring power from one person or group to another.
In addition to public elections, many non governmental groups such as labor unions, social clubs, and student bodies hold their own elections to choose officials and officers.
Elections U.S.A.
This nonpartisan site brings you the latest news from the campaign trails.
Other Related Elections Websites:
2) All at CNN
3) Election 2004 at C-Span
4) D.C.'s Political Report
6) Green Papers: Election USA 2004
7) Issues 2004
9) Presidency 2004
10) Votenet
11) Youth04: Transferring the role of 18-25 yr. olds
Election Process at Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
These pages explain the election process for Federal officials. Information about specific candidates and their campaigns or political parties and their platforms will not be found here.
Kids Voting USA
This is the website of a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to securing democracy for the future by involving youth in the election process today.
Related Website:
2) Youth-e-Vote
Smart Voter by the League of Women Voters
At this site you find information on registering to vote, voting, candidates, and more.
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following activities.
Practice Your Political Oration! Go to Could You Be a Politician? and practice your delivery of a political speech. Do your best as you pretend you are the President of the United States addressing the Joint Session of Congress on health care reform
Complete an Elections WebQuest. Adapt or follow the procedures found at one of these webQuest sites.
1) Candidate by Ron Bustamante (Grade 8)
2) Election 2004: Campaign Advertising
3) Election Co-nection (Grades 4-8)
4) Presidential Campaigning: Past and Present by Kathie A. Scheidler (Grade 9-12)
Have a Mock Election. For starters, visit sites like More than Mock Elections, National Mock Election 2004, and Mock Presidential Election .Then organize your own mock election. Share the results.
Design A Campaign Poster. Create a campaign poster that supports your favorite candidate. Include an original campaign slogan. This can be for a local, state, or national election.
Identify the Issues. Brainstorm the issues that you are concerned about in the election. Pick two political parties, visit there websites, and then compare and contrast their stands on these issues. Next, hold your own debate taking one side or the other.
Draw an Original Political Cartoon. Look at some examples of political cartoons; then create your own.
 Party Sites
Lots More Sites
American Presidency at Grolier Online
This site, an Encyclopedia Americana section of Grolier Online, is a study of the most powerful elected office in the world.
Democracy Project
Here you learn about the history of the political commercial, follow the development of a 'spot' commercial, learn some of the tricks of the trade, and more.
Election 2004: Web Resources for Teachers from Better World Links
On this page, you'll find a sampling of web sites to help students keep informed on the upcoming Presidential election.
Elections Around the World
This site, a database on elections, parties and parliaments, contains basic information about recent elections in each respective country and/or state.
Related Websites:
2) Election Resources on the Internet by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera
3) International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)
Elections Canada On-Line
This website publishes financial reports that detail contributions and expenses of candidates and links to other Canadian elections resources.
Related Websites:
2) Elections by Nelson Thomson Learning
3) History of the Vote in Canada
4) Political Parties and Elections (Links-site)
Federal Election Commission (United States of America)
The duties of the FEC, created in 1975, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
Related Website:
2) FECInfo
Freedom Channel
This website provides video-on-demand in American politics. It offers visitors views of candidates and issue groups. (Under construction as of 6/2004 )
This site of a political action network has information on the major public issues.
Media's Role in Political Campaigns by Stephen S. Gottlieb
 This brief article looks at the effect that the mass media have upon the presentation, and the outcome, of political campaigns. (ed 346527 92, ERIC Digest)
This is the ultimate on-line resource for U.S. and international politics. (under construction as of 6/2004)
Project Vote Smart
This site has updated information on voter registration and state and national candidates. They claim to track the performance of 10,800 political leaders.
U.S. Electoral College (National Archives and Records Administration)
Here you will find information on the Electoral College information and statistics on presidential elections, past and present:
Related Website:
2) Electoral College
Vote for Me: Politics in America from the Public Broadcasting System
This is a companion site to the television program. From local precincts to the White House, it's not "insider politics," but politics as a mirror that unflinchingly and entertainingly shows who we are as a country and a people.
Websites for Teachers
Elections and Voting at PBS TeacherSource Mathline
These four lesson activities contain more than meets the "aye" — explore different voting methods and investigate questions of fairness and validity.
Use Editorial Cartoons to Teach About Elections Past and Present at Education World
This curriculum article advocates bringing the power of editorial cartoons -- the strength of their images and messages -- into your classroom! It includes links to online resources that promote higher order thinking activities through the use of editorial cartoons.
Elections Lessons by Linda C. Joseph
This site has a great collection of lessons about elections.
voter registration
polling place
voting rights
absentee voting
primary election
voting machine
ad lib
public opinion polls
Presidential debates
John Kerry
George Bush
voting booth
running mate
Democratic National Convention
Republican National Convention
voter turnout
vote tally
voter fraud
Electoral College
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 8/00. Updated 6/04 by King family.