"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Admit it. When it comes to US elections most of us thought we knew how all this was supposed to work. However the contentious nature of this election cycle has brought the mechanics and rules of the primary system to America’s offices, classrooms and dinner tables. The patchwork quilt of rules in each state and the differences between the rules for Republican and Democratic contests are driving increasingly nuanced conversations about pledged vs. unpledged “superdelegates”, closed vs. open primaries, winner take all vs. proportional apportionment of delegates.
With understanding that the 2016 Presidential election had the potential to be historic, Second Avenue launched its updated Voters Ed application with new features including its proprietary “Primary Pursuit” feature which enables users to know the rules, analyze outcomes and make data driven predictions.
And with only with a dozen primaries to go, following this historic 2016 election cycle is not getting easier. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to be unified behind a candidate. Each party is confronting issues on electability, trust, party platforms and how to appeal to the millions of American voters who no longer identify strongly or officially with either of the two leading parties.
Using Voters Ed teachers and students can track all the twists and turns of the current Presidential cycle in a safe, no spin, pedagogical space. Learn US Election history from 1789 to the present. Follow the Primaries and easily replay how it has all unfolded. Predict who will eventually win and by how much. All the while become truly informed in this most essential of civic responsibilities.