Presidential Election Printables

Presidential election printables
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How the Presidential Election Process Works

Presidential election printables
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The Presidential election process can be a confusing topic for children and adults alike. Every four years, American citizens who are registered to vote cast their ballots for the Presidential candidate of their choice. This occurs on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In other words, if November 1 is a Tuesday, the election would be held the following Tuesday.

The Presidential election process begins long before the 2nd Tuesday in November, however. There are primary elections and caucuses (local meetings where registered voters gather to vote for their party's candidate) to select potential candidates.

After the primaries and caucuses, there are nominating conventions to select the actual candidates from the field of nominees. 

Once the presidential candidates have been selected, they choose their vice presidential running mates and the campaign process begins.

On Election Day, registered voters cast their ballots. These votes make up the popular vote, but the popular vote doesn't determine the winner of the election. Instead, these votes determine which candidate wins the electoral votes for each state. The number of electoral votes each state has is determined by how many members of Congress it has.

Finally, in mid-December, the electors, who make up the Electoral College, cast their votes based on which Presidential candidate won the popular vote for their state. The candidate with the most electoral votes wins the election.

 

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Presidential Election Vocabulary

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Vocabulary Sheet

Use this worksheet to help your student begin to learn the terms associated with the presidential election. Use a dictionary to look up any unfamiliar terms. Then, fill in the blanks before each definition with the correct term from the word bank.

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Presidential Election Wordsearch

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Word Search

Review the presidential election terms as you find each term in the presidential election word search. Use a dictionary to define any terms with which your student is unfamiliar. 

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Presidential Election Crossword Puzzle

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Crossword Puzzle

This presidential election crossword is a fun way for your student to review terms associated with the presidential election. Use the clues to determine the answers to correctly solve the puzzle.

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Presidential Election Challenge

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Challenge 

Once your student has begun to familiarize himself with the presidential election terms, challenge him to test that knowledge with this multiple choice worksheet.

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Presidential Election Alphabet Activity

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Alphabet Activity

With this activity, students will practice putting words in alphabetical order using key presidential election terms for further review.

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Presidential Election Draw and Write

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Draw and Write Page

Students will draw a presidential election related picture and use the lines below to write about their drawing.

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Fun with Presidential Election - Tic-Tac-Toe

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Tic-Tac-Toe Page

Cut this activity page at the dotted line. Then cut the tic-tac-toe markers apart. Explain to your student that the donkey is the symbol of the democratic party and the elephant is the symbol of the republican party. Then, have fun playing Presidential Election Tic-Tac-Toe!

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Presidential Election Theme Paper

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Theme Paper

Write a story, poem or essay about presidential election. Neatly write your final draft on the presidential election theme paper.

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Presidential Election Theme Paper 2

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Theme Paper 2

Write a story, poem or essay about presidential election. Neatly write your final draft on the presidential election theme paper.

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Presidential Election Coloring Page

Print the pdf: Presidential Election Coloring Page

Color the picture. You may wish to use the coloring page as a quiet activity for your students to complete as you read aloud a book about the presidential election or a biography of an American president.

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