Local, State & National Elections in the U.S.


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In the United States, which of these offices are not filled via direct election?

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1. Which members of the national government were originally indirectly elected, but have been directly elected since the passing of the 17th Amendment?

2. Who elects the president of the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will quickly test your knowledge of the U.S. election process. Answer questions about the different ways public officials are elected and the laws guiding these elections.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to make sure you understand:

  • Direct election in the U.S.
  • The 17th Amendment and how it changed elections
  • How the President of the United States is elected

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of American election law to identify which offices are filled by a direct election
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how many electors each U.S. state gets
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effects the 12th and 17th amendments to the U.S. Constitution have had on elections

Additional Learning

If you would like to know more about the political process, read the lesson titled Local, State & National Elections in the U.S. You will learn about:

  • The definition of a democratic republic
  • Article one of the U.S. Constitution
  • Winner-Takes-All systems of election