Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: District Systems in Maine and Nebraska and the Electoral College

Electoral Votes in Maine and Nebraska

John Fortier, author of “After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College,” discussed how Maine and Nebraska allocate their electoral votes and how that compares to other winner-take-all states in the electoral college system.

Description

In these two clips, John Fortier, author of “After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College,” and Harvard University Professor Alexander Keyssar talked about the district systems that Maine and Nebraska use to cast their electoral votes for president.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How do Maine and Nebraska allocate their electoral votes? How does this compare to other states?
  • According to Professor Keyssar, what obstacles prevent more states from using this system?
  • Why didn’t North Carolina change their electoral system to a district system in 2007 and 2008?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Allocate
    • Circumvent
    • Clout
    • Congressional District
    • District System
    • Electoral College
    • Gerrymandering
    • Proportional System

    Topics

    Campaigns & Elections

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity