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POWER to the PEOPLE C itizens of the United States have a special privilege that many other people in the world dont have. In America, the people choose who runs the country. Citizens who are old en

HTS and RESPONSIBILITIES RIG RIGHTS Citizens of the United States have many rights. Some are listed in the U.S. Constitution, the document written in 1787 that set up our federal government. Other rig

e IMPORTANCE of VOTING Th oting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. About 175 million American citizens are qualified to vote. Unfortunately, many dont. T

ELECTIONS, ELECTIONS, ELECTIONS merican voters have the chance to elect many different leaders and representatives, including the President of the United States. Every four years, a presidential elect

WHY VOTE BEFORE AFTER obody can force a citizen to vote. But many citizens do vote, because voting lets them tell the government what they want it to do. If citizens think theyre paying too many ta

EVERY VOTE COUNTS ts also important for citizens to know how to work the voting machines or to mark the ballots theyll be using when they vote, so that their votes will be counted. Why is that so impo

PICKING CANDIDATES olitical parties play an important role in most American elections. A political party is a group of people who feel the same way about what is best for the country. Each party choos

On the CAMPAIGN TRAIL nce the candidates are chosen, the official campaign begins. Candidates try to get the word out to voters explaining how they feel about the issues and how theyll solve problems

MESSAGES and MONEY C andidates spend a lot of money to try to get elected. The money comes from people and groups who want the candidate to win, and from special election funds from the government.

INFLUENCING OTHERS C itizens often work together to convince others to vote for their candidate. That way, its more likely that their candidate will win the election. There are many ways citizens do

ELECTION DAY n Election Day, citizens go to special places to vote. These polling places, or polls, are set up in buildings such as libraries or schools. To cast their votes, citizens may pull levers

AFTER the ELECTION ometimes the candidate that many citizens think is best for the job doesnt win. That doesnt mean those citizens have to give up. They can still affect the decisions the elected offi

MAKING CHOICES ou cant vote in a government election until youre 18. But youll have lots of chances before that to vote for things that affect your life. Maybe your school has elections to choose repr

ANDIDATES and QUALITIES C I f youre voting, youll want to learn some things about the people asking you to vote for them. Youll want to know if a candidate has good character if a candidate ha

KE A DIFFERENCE NOW MA Y ou may not be able to vote in a government election for a few years, but you can still make a difference. How You can encourage your parents and other adults to vote Keep y

SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW 1 2 3 4 5 Read each clue and complete the crossword puzzle. 6 10 7 8 11 9 12 2. If you wont be in town on Election Day, you can cast this kind of ballot. 3. When most federal