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Last reply by: Professor Jibin Park
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:25 PM

Post by Rebecca Dai on December 10, 2014

How many votes out of electoral college count for a majority?

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Last reply by: Professor Jibin Park
Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:26 PM

Post by Rebecca Dai on December 10, 2014

I still don't understand the difference between democrat's and republican's nomination compete system.Is the fact that republicans wrap up early just a tendency or a result of some different system? Thanks

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Tue Dec 9, 2014 1:57 PM

Post by Rebecca Dai on December 9, 2014

Do we need to basically memorize everything in the lecture?

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Post by Angela Patrick on May 12, 2014

Also, what other common pit falls are there in the FRQs?

P.S. completely agree with your point that people overthink the FRQs; I am always in the mindset that it has to be some scientific response that I commonly overlook the common sense answers (for example, I would have never thought to answer discussing politics for a political participation FRQ on the AP exam). You're doing a greatt job preparing me but having Sherlock Holmes as a tutor wouldn't hurt in the slightest right now.

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Last reply by: Professor Jibin Park
Mon May 12, 2014 7:06 PM

Post by Angela Patrick on May 12, 2014

For an FRQ question, would a good FRQ for lower voter turnout in recent years start by identifying voter apathy and then explaining why they have apathy using your 4 reasons?

Elections & Campaigns

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Forms of Political Participation 1:36
    • Voting in Elections
    • Discussing Politics and Attending Political Meetings
    • Forming Interest Groups
    • Contacting Public Officials
    • Campaigning
    • Contributing Money
    • Running for Office
    • Protesting Government Decisions
  • Expansion of Suffrage 8:15
    • Suffrage is the Right to Vote
    • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Low Voter Turnout 12:09
    • Expansion of the Electorate (26th Amendment)
    • Mistrust of Government and Lack of Perceived Differences Between Candidates
    • Lack of Political Efficacy
    • Difficulty of Registration Process
  • Who Votes? 17:12
    • Education
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Religion
    • Marital Status
    • Union or Community Membership
    • Geography
  • Types of Elections 21:35
    • Primary Elections
    • Closed Primary
    • Open Primary
    • Blanket Primary
    • Top-Two Primary
  • Presidential Elections 27:16
    • Every Four Years
    • Not Uncommon for the Political Party of the President to Lose Seats
  • Road to the White House 29:44
    • Exploration
    • Announcement
    • Presidential Primaries and Caucus
    • Nominating Conventions
  • Running to the Center 39:49
    • Campaigning and the General Election
  • Choosing a VP Candidate 42:11
    • Balancing the Ticket
    • 1960: John F. Kennedy Chose Lyndon Johnson
    • 1992: Bill Clinton Chose Al Gore
    • 2008: Obama Chose Joe Biden
    • 2012: Romney Chose Paul Ryan
  • The Electoral College 46:21
    • Each State Has a Number of Electors Equal to its Senators and House Members
    • Total of 538 Electors Who Vote for the President
    • Faithless Electors
    • George Bush Won 271-266
  • Example 1 50:46
  • Example 2 51:51
  • Example 3 52:30
  • Example 4 53:26
  • Example 5 54:36
  • Example 6 55:29