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Election Day truly is a special day in the United States. On Election Day, we vote to choose who will be the leaders of our state and country, and perhaps our city or town, too.
Elections for local offices may be held at different times of the year.
However, in 1845, Congress set a national Election Day for electing the president, vice president, and members of the US Congress. These elections are always in November, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of the month. Presidential elections are held in an even-numbered year, on this day, every four years.
In some years voters can choose a governor, the leader of their state. Some will choose members of Congress—senators or members of the House of Representatives. They may vote for city or county officers, or judges. They may also consider proposals for new rules or laws for their state, city, or county. US citizens are not required to vote, but it is an important right and responsibility. In most cases, as long as a person is a United States citizen, is at least eighteen years old, follows voter registration rules, and has not committed a serious crime, he or she may vote. How many years until you are eighteen? That's when you can join the citizens who shape the country—and the future—by voting!
The Fifteenth Amendment (1870) states that people of any race or color can vote (however, it was the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that finally ensured that these rights were protected). The Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granted women the right to vote.
Finally, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment (1971) set the minimum age for voting in all states at eighteen.
This is no ordinary day.
A star marks this date on the class calendar. Through the window, we see grown-ups coming and going to our school. Something important is happening today right here in our town, and all over the USA. Something so big, it will shape the future. It will go down in history.
Excerpted from Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier, David Leonard. Copyright © 2012 Catherine Stier. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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Posted June 26, 2013
TODAY ON ELECTION DAY by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by, David Leonard is an interesting Children's book/Educational. Well written with engaging characters. "A fictional story featuring nonfiction information about elections". The illustrations are beautiful. Easy to follow and understand for grade levels 2-4,ages 6-9. A useful and educational tool for young readers to help them understand Election Day in America. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S BOOKS)
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More