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Electoral College Ballot for Bill Clinton, 1992

Electoral College. 1992, Bill Clinton Ballot

Electoral College. 1992, Bill Clinton Ballot

New York State Archives, NYSA_19416-96_1996_Clinton
 
Document Description
A 1992 New York State Electoral College sample ballot for Bill Clinton for President of the United States.
 
Questions
What is this a ballot for?
Who is Bill Clinton?
How old do you have to be to vote in the United States?
Why do we vote?
Is this how American citizens vote when they go to the voting place?
 
Historical Challenges
Which two presidents have won the electoral vote but not the popular vote?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: A presidential candidate has to receive more than half of the electoral votes to become president. If there are 538 total electoral votes, how many votes does a candidate need in order to have more than half of the votes?
 
Resources
Christelow, Eileen. Vote!. New York: Clarion Books, 2003. ISBN: 0618247548
Israel, Fred L. Student’s Atlas of American Presidential Elections: 1789-1996. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1997. ISBN: 1568023774
McNamara, Margaret. Election Day. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004. ISBN: 0689864264
St. George, Judith. So You Want to be President? New York: Philomel Books, 2000. ISBN: 0399234071
 

Historical Context
The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers as a part of the original Constitution of the United States.  It was seen as a compromise between having the president elected by popular vote and having Congress elect the president.  New York State has thirty-one electoral votes. In New York, the elected officials who vote in the Electoral College are not bound by law to follow public opinion when casting their votes.
 
Essential Question
How do citizens participate in a democracy?
 
Check for Understanding
Identify the purpose of this document and use the information to explain the role of the Electoral College in the American voting system.