With the presidential election coming up in November of this year, I thought it would be beneficial for teachers to have an app that helps to explain the election process and the meaning of the Electoral College. The world’s attention is focused on the U.S. Election since the outcome will have a profound effect all countries. It is important for U.S. citizens to understand how the process works.
The app has historical data from 1976 to present and by tapping icons the user can manipulate the U.S. map to show which states cast their votes for the Democratic candidates and which voted Republican in previous elections. It’s interesting to tap through the years and watch the map change dynamically. At any point the user can tap the issues icon to display a short list of the major issues of the day.
If desired, as the user taps through the presidential election years the symbol for the winning party can be displayed.
One of the best features of the app is the Electoral Vote scorecard for the 2016 election. Here the user can predict which states they think will be red Republican States and which will be blue Democratic states. User can test different scenarios to see how their favorite candidate might win. Will 2016 be a landslide or a narrow victory. Only time will tell…
Get your students involved in the political process and help them better understand the Electoral College using Election 2016.