About This Chapter
About This Chapter
An electoral system is a voting system that allows voters to make democratic choices between political candidates. The video lessons in this chapter will give you an in-depth look at electoral systems, including the various types and their components. These engaging and modular lessons also introduce you to runoffs, recalls and primaries. Once you have finished studying the lessons on electoral systems, you should have the ability to explain:
- How representation is connected to elections
- The contrasts between plurality and majority-based elections
- The processes that are involved in primary elections
|Representation and U.S. Electoral Systems||Learn about electoral representation in single- and multi-member districts. Also gain an understanding of some aspects of proportional representation.|
|Plurality vs. Majority-Based Elections||Explore the definitions of these two types of elections and explain some of the differences between majority and plurality systems.|
|Direct vs. Indirect Elections||Discover key contrasts between direct and indirect elections.|
|Runoffs, Recalls and Primaries in Elections||Provide definitions and discuss some aspects of primary elections, recalls and runoff elections.|
1. Plurality vs. Majority-based Elections
In this lesson, you'll imagine the election of a high school class president using two different election systems. We'll focus on the difference between plurality and majority-based elections and explain when run-off voting is used.
2. Direct vs. Indirect Elections
In this lesson, we explore the difference between indirect and direct elections. You will gain insight about what is meant by the Electoral College when you vote for president and how this differs from a popular vote.
3. Runoffs, Recalls & Primaries in Elections
In this lesson, we examine three varieties of elections, including runoffs, recalls and primaries. You'll look at this topic through the eyes of a city mayor, state governor and potential president of the United States.
4. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems
In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.
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