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Off To The Races

“Off to the races we go, no time to wait…” Like the catchy saying my mom tells me every morning, this year has been off to a hectic start. With elections just around the corner, it seems as if time has flown by. Overall, this trimester has been quite chaotic with the in-class working projects and now the student campaign project we are just beginning. Throughout the course of this trimester I have learned a great deal about government that I did not know before. The most important things that I have learned about this trimester are the importance of voter participation in elections and the complexity of Presidential campaigns.

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First, I have learned about the American public participating in elections. Over the course of the years, voter participation in elections has gradually been decreasing due to several factors. According to our textbook, voters are gaining more and more distrust for our government, people are busier now than ever, there have been changes to local party politics, and the role of news media have all been the causes for citizens not voting. It is interesting to learn about the participation of individual voters and makes me aware that we, as Americans need to be more active now.

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In addition to voter participation in elections, I have also enjoyed learning about Presidential campaigns and elections. Working on a campaign project really caught my attention on how much candidates actually spend on campaigns. There is a tremendous amount of time, effort, and money that each candidate puts into their run for office.  This trimester as a group of four, we worked as a team to help create a candidate to run in our in-class election. We first started by making a website to get our candidate known to the media, also known as our fellow A1 classmates who we would be running against. Along with the website, we had to write policy briefs, write a biography, make a campaign commercial video for our candidate if we wanted to, and we had to present all this material in an in class election for our candidate.

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In conclusion, it is evident that I have learned a great deal throughout the course of this third trimester. The election process is interesting and each election and campaign is different. By understanding the election process, there is a greater chance that people will become involved in politics and how the country is run.

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