Building Democracy For All is designed so that teachers and students can follow different Learning Pathways as they explore materials in the book. Rather than proceeding sequentially through civics and government curriculum standards, Learning Pathways invite a thematic approach. In addition Elections 2024, 2022, & 2020, other learning pathways include: Student Rights, Influential Women, Black Lives Matter, Media Literacy, and Current Events.
Our Elections Pathway consists of two parts:
- Part I: United States elections, including sections from the eBook on voting rights, voter suppression, and the larger history of elections in the U.S.
- Part II: Resources and materials for the upcoming 2024 Presidential campaign and election as well as background information about the 2022 mid-term elections and the 2020 Presidential Election.
Part I: Election Topics in Building Democracy for All
UNDERSTANDING UNITED STATES ELECTIONS
VOTING RIGHTS AND VOTER SUPPRESSION
HISTORY OF U.S. ELECTIONS
Part II: Election Resources and Key Insights
Election 2024 Resources
Trump's Electoral College Edge Seems to Be Fading. Nate Cohn. The New York Times, September 11, 2023.
Quoting from the article with a focus on the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada:
- The polls so far this cycle suggest that the demographic foundations of Mr. Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College might be eroding.
- Mr. Biden is relatively resilient among white voters, who are generally overrepresented in the battleground states.
- Mr. Trump, meanwhile, shows surprising strength among nonwhite voters, who are generally underrepresented in the most critical battleground states.
- As a consequence, Mr. Trump’s gains among nonwhite voters nationwide would tend to do more to improve his standing in the national vote than in the battleground states.
The End of a Presidential Launchpad. The New York Times (December 5, 2022)
- Iowa will no longer be the first-in-the-nation Presidential primary for the Democratic Party in 2024.
The 2022 Mid-Term Election
The 2020 Presidential Election
The 2020 Presidential election was called the most consequential election in modern times. The coronavirus pandemic, partisan divides between people and political parties, Black Lives Matter protests, an economic recession that may lead to a second Great Depression, and looming environmental disasters contributed to uncertainty about the future of American democracy. We designed an Election 2020 choice board featuring a higher-order thinking activities and exploration of the learning pathway chapters (click here to make your own copy of the choice board).
The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Election and the Challenge of American Democracy by political scientists Lynn Vavreck, Chris Tausanovitch, and John Sides (Princeton University Press, 2022) argues that the attitudes of voters have been become so "calcified" that people for their party or against the other party no matter what the issues or who is running. Here is an interview with the authors.
Explore poliitical parties in Topic 3.5.
Election 2020 Resources
- Massachusetts Map: See How Your Town or City Voted in the 2020 Election
- Alan J. Lichtman Final Prediction for the 2020 Election
- 2020 LGBTQ Candidate Demographic Report from Out on the Trail (October 2020)
- 1006 LGBTQ candidates ran for office in 2020; 574 are on the November ballot
- California, Florida and Texas have the most LGBTQ candidates
- For more, link to Electing LGBTQIA Legislators in this eBook
- How to Vote in the 2020 Election: A State-by-State Voting Guide from FiveThiryEight with Voting by Mail rules for each state
- Alexander Keyssar 2020 book, Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? and proposals from Election Reform are discussed in Presidential Elections and the Electoral College.
- Facebook and Twitter claim that Russian Intelligence Services are Targeting the 2020 Presidential Election
- NBA, Players Association Agree to Turn Arenas into Polling Places
- Dodger Stadium Will Be First MLB Ballpark as a Voting Center
- This arrangement was negotiated with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the state of California by More Than a Vote, a nonprofit founded by LeBron James. MLB, NBA, NFL stadiums are potentially great voting hubs since they are often located in cities, have parking or public transportation, and offer lots of space for social distancing.
- How to Vote in the 2020 Election: A State-by-State Guide from FiveThirtyEight blog.
- Includes states from those where:
- Everyone can vote by mail and ballots are automatically mailed to every voter to states;
- Everyone can vote by mail and mail-in ballot applications are automatically mailed to voters;
- Everyone can vote by mail but nothing is automatically mailed to voters;
- Voting by mail requires a valid excuse (and the pandemic does not count).
- 2020 Election Forecast from FiveThirtyEight (August 12, 2020)
- FiveThirtyEight ran 40,000 election simulations. Biden won about 71% of the contests.
- Interactive Presidential Forecast Map from FiveThirtyEight
- In mid-October, Biden is winning 87% of the simulated contests