Today on Election Dayby Catherine Stier, David Leonard
The school gym is a polling place and Bailey, Ren, David, Meg, Aiden, and Isabella know all about Election Day and voting! Bailey helped her Aunt Julia run for a seat on the city council. Aiden goes with his grandpa to vote. David's brother Jake will be voting for the first time. Meg talks about how years ago, some citizens were not permitted to vote. A perfect
The school gym is a polling place and Bailey, Ren, David, Meg, Aiden, and Isabella know all about Election Day and voting! Bailey helped her Aunt Julia run for a seat on the city council. Aiden goes with his grandpa to vote. David's brother Jake will be voting for the first time. Meg talks about how years ago, some citizens were not permitted to vote. A perfect picture book for future voters of America, Today on Election Day will simultaneously entertain and educate.
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Today on Election Day
By Catherine Stier, David Leonard
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2012 Catherine Stier
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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.
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Meet the Author
Catherine Stier has worked as a professional writer for more than sixteen years and has published hundreds of articles and stories. She is the author of If I Were President, If I Ran for President, and The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club. She lives in Southwest Texas with her husband and two children.
David Leonard has illustrated many books for children, including How to Clean Your Room and Daddy's Home! He is also an experienced editorial illustrator, including work for Library Journal and Highlights for Children. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey.
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