DIRECTIONS Every four years, citizens across the country decide who will lead our nation. How do we choose a president? What are the steps along the road to the White House? Who gets to vote in this important election? Discover a wealth of fascinating facts about presidential elections as you explore these great Web sites. First, print out the crossword puzzle so you can write down your answers. (Click on the puzzle for a printable version.) Then click on the links below to find the answers to the questions.
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3. In the 2000 Presidential Election, George W. Bush received about 48% of the _____ vote, or the total number of individual votes from across the country.
4. Kids are getting involved in the 2004 election, too! Scholastic Student _____ Lauren Gentile covered Democratic candidate John Kerry's bus tour in April.
7. Each major political party officially nominates its presidential candidate at a Nominating _____. Delegates (representatives) from all fifty states also decide on a party platform, or the issues the president will represent in the election.
8. What does it take to be president? There are only three qualifications: You must be at least 35 years old, a natural born _____ of the United States, and a resident of the United States for 14 years.
9. How does a person come to be nominated for president? First, he or she must meet all the qualifications. Then voters around the country participate in primaries and caucuses. These state-by-state polls and meetings help each political party decide on a single _____.
13. In 1872, Victoria _____ became the first woman to run for president. One hundred years later, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to seek the presidency. (Hint: Click on "Explore 'Campaign Firsts.'")
14. In the early years of our nation, only white males who owned property could vote. Today, anyone who is a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old has the right to vote. The right to vote is sometimes called _____.
15. Not all presidents have been elected into office. The Constitution states that if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vice president becomes president. This happened, for example, in 1963, when Lyndon Johnson became president after President _____ was killed.
16. Susan B. Anthony worked for women's rights, including the right to vote. In 1872, she was arrested for _____.
1. President George W. Bush is running for re-election in 2004. President Bush comes from a family of politicians. His father is former president George Bush, and his brother Jeb is the governor of _____.
2. Slogans have been a memorable part of many presidential campaigns. One of the most popular campaign slogans was "I Like _____," used by Dwight Eisenhower.
5. In 1936, President _____ was reelected in a landslide.
6. The president and vice president are not elected by simply counting all the votes from around the country and deciding who received the most votes. Americans use a system called the "Electoral College." Each state is given a certain number of electors (or electoral votes) based on their _____. In order to win, a candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes.
10. In 1845, Congress decided that Election Day would always be the _____ after the first Monday in November.
11. Although it was first introduced to Congress in 1878, the 19th Amendment wasn't signed into law until 1920. This Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed the right to vote to all American _____.
12. When Herbert Hoover ran for president in 1928, he promised to fight poverty in America. This idea was reflected in his campaign slogan: "A _____ in every pot, and a car in every garage." Hoover won the election.