Bookmark this page! We suggested ways to teach about Election 2012 and included links to lesson plans and Times features, and we'll be updating the page regularly as the march to the White House proceeds.
This is an interactive way to teach the importance of the redistricting process. Mapmakers (and geography) are crucial to the process. This game shows students how the process can be manipulated and if you understand local demographics and voting patterns, subtle shifts in the district borders can swing elections. This is a great way to teaching gerrymandering and how political cartography can be.
A new report finds growing urban and minority populations that will affect redistricting and reapportionment in the Mountain West.
The Intermountain West has been a bastion of strength for the Republican Party for many years now. Migration into the urban areas may lead to redistricting, giving urban voters (typically leading more to the Democrats) more influence. However, it all comes down to the critical 'where' question. Where will the lines be drawn?
The above map represents the last time the Republican Party won a presidential election in the United States. As the polls currently are projecting that President Obama will be re-elected, the most critical questions about the voting patterns for both parties are spatial in nature.
Questions to ponder: how are current political patterns changing the map? Which states become the most pivotal for either candidate to be victorious?
Tags: political, regions, spatial, unit 4 political.
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Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on...
The Rasmussen Reports indicate the the boost from the Republican National Convention was sufficient (especially in swing states) to make Mitt Romney the frontrunner in the election were held today of today. How will that change in the next few weeks?
For the first time in U.S. history, a Mormon is on a major-party presidential ticket. The Wall Street Journal examines the changing role of religion in Ameri...
Aren't religion and politics supposed to be the two things we are counseled not to discuss to avoid controversy? This video hits on something that plays a role for both candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign in the United States: their faith and how voters perceive their faith. This video discusses Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and some past presidents' religious beliefs. I feel this video handles very controversial topics in a thoughtful and fair manner given that it treats various religious traditions and political ideologies in a non-partisan manner. The geography of religion might play an significant role in the outcome of the 2012 election.
As the election year is ramping up, now is a good time to introduce electoral geography (since there are millions of dollars been spent of this type of analysis). Displayed is the county map of the 2008 presidential election (McCain=red, Obama=blue). What are the geographic and demographic characteristics of the 2008 voting base of both the Republican and Democratic parties? This is also a great map to discuss how to interpret maps--how could this map be misleading? What additional information is needed to contextualize this data? Follow the link for additional maps that provide attempt to visualize that context.
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