Electing the President of the United States

The United States has a form of government called ______________________________ _______________________________. This means that the people vote for leaders to represent them in the government.

The constitution requires that the President must be at least ______ years old, be a ___________________ ______________________ citizen of the United States, and have been a __________________ of the United States for 14 years.

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution, passed in ____________________, gave African American men the right to vote.

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for ____________________.

The first presidential candidate to have a campaign button was ______________________________ in 1896.

The _______ _______________________, passed in 1920, granted women suffrage.

___________________ ___________________________ ______________________ was the only president to be elected for four terms of office. The 22nd Amendment now limits the president to just two terms.

Primaries and caucuses determine the __________________ that a candidate will have at the Democratic or Republican national nominating convention.

The vice presidential candidate is chosen by the presidential nominee and the two run together as one _____________________________.

In 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from ______ to ______.

The election takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in ____________________.

A citizen who is unable to vote in their polling place on election day because they are away, have a physical disability or illness or are prevented by religious beliefs, can vote by _____________________ ___________________________.

Gerald Ford was the first person to serve as president although he was never ______________________ by the people to be either president or vice president.

There have been three presidents who have been elected despite losing the popular vote; name them.

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A number of our Presidents have lost in prior elections; name three of them.

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On Election Day, people are actually voting for electors in the electoral college who then place their votes for the President and Vice President. Each state is assigned a number of electors that is based on the state's population. Except in Maine and Nebraska, the electors vote _________________________-_______________________-__________________________ for the candidate who won their state's popular vote.

The _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ recommended eight changes to the ballot for 2008 to make it less confusing.

The President-elect takes the oath of office at the ___________________________________ on January 20.

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Compiled by Elaine M. Doolittle, M.Ed.
September 27, 2008, updated May 4, 2016