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On July 11, 2018

Bell Ringer: National Popular Vote

National Popular Vote vs. Electoral College Vote

Maryland Senator, Jamie Raskin makes an argument for popular national vote for the presidency.


National popular vote seeks to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide is elected president. This Bell Ringer explains key terms and vocabulary within the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Which political groups support a popular vote?
  • What steps can be taken to help the country transition to a popular vote that would elect the president?
  • According to Jamie Raskin whose vote would count more in a national popular voting system?
  • For an extension activity navigate to the Historic Election Results website. (Linked below in Additional Resources)
  • Compare the popular vote and electoral votes for each of the candidates in any three elections you choose.
  • When comparing the popular vote and electoral votes what did you notice?
  • What are your thoughts about a popular vote to elect the president?

Additional Resources



    • Election
    • Electoral College
    • Popular Vote
    • President


    AP U.S. Government Key TermsCampaigns & ElectionsExecutive Branch


    High School