One of the important relationships that the Lou Frey Institute and the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship have developed is with the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections. Recently, our own Dr. Terri Fine sat down with Bill Cowles, the Supervisor of Elections of Orange County, and Dr. Aubrey Jewett, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCF to discuss the process of electing the president. The video is broken down into four segments, and you can click the embedded link in the descriptive text to download each video. Alternatively, you can simply visit the page to preview the videos.
Please keep in mind that here in Florida, our 7th grade civics course does not generally address federal elections and the Electoral College, so these would be more applicable for high school students in this state. These could certainly serve as a means to develop/refresh your own content knowledge however!
The first addresses the role of the census and reapportionment in determining the power and influence of a state within the Electoral College and in the selection of candidates.
The second video explores presidential preference primaries and state caucuses, and the role they play in selecting a party’s candidate.
The third video describes the national conventions. It really is an interesting discussion about how the conventions have become more of a fundraising opportunity and media event rather than the traditional selection of the candidate, the running mate, and the platform. As argued in the clip, it is in many ways a ‘staged event’ now, because many of the decisions that used to occur at the convention now occur well in advance. It’s often just ratifying these decisions! Download the video and check out the discussion!
The next video in the series discusses Election Day and how time zones and different state-level voting procedures could impact both the voter and the election of the president, as well as a reminder that we are actually not really voting for the president! And no discussion of elections would be complete with a consideration of the money involved.
The final video in the series looks at the Electoral College itself, always a controversial and misunderstood component of the American electoral system.
We hope that you find this resource useful. Visit the Orange County Supervisor of Elections page to view and download the videos.
Reminder: Here in Florida, our 7th grade civics course does not generally address federal elections and the Electoral College, so these would be more applicable for high school students in this state.