AP Government

Campaign “2008” Election Project

 

 

Purpose: 

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the campaign and election processes in the United States.  By participating in the campaign process, students will be exposed to real-world issues and potential policymakers in the federal government.  This year’s Virginia Congressional and Presidential campaigns should provide a unique opportunity to become involved in the political process

 

Options:

You will have three options for your election project.  You must complete one of the three fully before the due date.

 

Option 1 - Campaign volunteering.  You will work on the political campaign of a candidate for the 2008 Virginia Congressional election office in Fairfax County of your choice (see sample ballot below), the Virginia Senate race (see sample ballot below) or the Presidential election candidate of your choice (see sample ballot below).

 

Requirements:

·         Volunteer 10 hours on a campaign of your choice with documentation of the hours worked by an official campaign worker.  This must include date(s) worked, number of hours worked, and duties performed.  You must also include a phone number of the worker to verify the hours.

·         Write a two-page* reflective essay that includes what you have learned, what you still want to learn and whether you would perform these hours again if given the opportunity.

·         Completed and signed parent/student agreement form.

·         Completed and signed attendance and evaluation sheet to log your hours.

·         NOTE5 of these hours also count toward your required 15 Civic Service hours for Project 2 in the 2nd quarter. 

·         Vote in the 2008 YLI mock election (10/20-10/24).  Signup and procedure will be provided in class.

 

 

 

 

Option 2 - Analysis of the 2008 elections.  You will provide a detailed analysis of the Fairfax County 2008 election offices and bond referendum (see sample ballot below).

 

Requirements:

For each of the following (using the sample ballot list below), prepare an analytical paper (1 page minimum* - a “page” means: typed, 10 to 12 font, one inch margins all around) for each race that covers the job of the office, the candidates, their stands on the issues, the voting record of the incumbent (if there is one), which candidate is favored in the polls, and the possible impact of the challenger’s election. You will also make a prediction for the outcome of the race.  Provide a one page analysis for  the Parks and Recreation bond question that explains the amount of the bond, what the bond is for and the pros and cons concerning the bond. Be sure to back up all your analysis with solid evidence from your research.  Cite your sources using MLA style citations.

 

1.    Presidential Election race.

2.    Virginia Senate race.

3.    Virginia 8th Congressional District race.

4.    Virginia 10th Congressional District race.

5.    Virginia 11th Congressional District race.

6.    Parks and Recreation Bond referendum

·         Vote in the 2008 YLI mock election (10/20-10/24).  Signup and procedure will be provided in class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Option 3 - “The Combo” – Campaign Volunteering, Balllot Analysis and Vote in the 2008 YLI mock election.

 

                Requirements:

 

        1.  Campaign Volunteering:  You will work on the political campaign of a candidate for the 2008 Virginia Congressional election office in Fairfax County of your choice (see

             sample ballot below), the Virginia Senate race (see sample ballot below) or the Presidential election candidate of your choice (see sample ballot below).

 

·         Volunteer 20 or more hours on a campaign of your choice with documentation of the hours worked by an official campaign worker.  This must include date(s) worked, number of hours worked, and duties performed.  You must also include a phone number of the worker to verify the hours.

·         Write a two-page* reflective essay that includes what you have learned, what you still want to learn and whether you would perform these hours again if given the opportunity.

·         Completed and signed parent/student agreement form.

·         Completed and signed attendance and evaluation sheet to log your hours.

·         NOTEthese hours also count for your required 15 Civic Service hours for Project 2 in the 2nd quarter. 

 

 

2.  Ballot Analysis of the 2008 Fairfax County sample ballot:

 

For each of the following (using the sample ballot list below), prepare an analytical paper (1 page minimum* - a “page” means: typed, 10 to 12 font, one inch margins all around) for each race that covers the job of the office, the candidates, their stands on the issues, the voting record of the incumbent (if there is one), which candidate is favored in the polls, and the possible impact of the challenger’s election. You will also make a prediction for the outcome of the race.  Provide a one page analysis for  the Parks and Recreation bond question that explains the amount of the bond, what the bond is for and the pros and cons concerning the bond. Be sure to back up all your analysis with solid evidence from your research.  Cite your sources using MLA style citations.

 

1.    Presidential Election race.

2.    Virginia Senate race.

3.    Virginia 8th Congressional District race.

4.    Virginia 10th Congressional District race.

5.    Virginia 11th Congressional District race.

6.    Parks and Recreation Bond referendum

 

 

 

3.  Vote in the 2008 YLI mock election (10/20-10/24):    Signup and procedure will be provided in class.

 

 

 

 

 

Due Date:

Regardless of the meeting day of your class, all projects are due on or before 2:30 PM on 10/27/08.  You must submit a hard copy to me (analysis and completed/signed forms) and an electronic copy (minus the forms) to turnitin.com (see directions on the class web page) by that time.  The late penalty ( missing on due date, grade drops to a “C” – missing on the second day, grade drops to a “D” – missing on the third day, grade drops to a ZERO) will be in effect if either submission is turned in after the due date and time.  If you are absent on the due date, you must turn in your project anyway or receive the late penalty.  You may either email a copy to me or have someone else bring it to me personally. 

 

Grading:

This project is worth 100 points and counts as the 20% project grade for the 1st quarter.  See the scoring sheet link for specifics.


 

 

 

 

 

WESTFIELD ELECTION PROJECT

STUDENT/PARENT AGREEMENT FORM

 

 

Student Name:                                                                                                      Phone:                                                   

Campaign:                                                                                                                                                                            

Address:                                                                                                                                                               

Contact Person:                                                                                                    Phone:                                                   

Duties to be performed with the campaign:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PARENT AGREEMENT:  I give permission for                                                          

to participate in the Election Project.  I understand that my son/daughter must arrange his/her own transportation.

As a student, I agree to complete the hours I have committed to.  I will be:  SENSITIVE, RELIABLE, DISCRETE, FLEXIBLE, MATURE, and I will take INITIATIVE.  I will be responsible for the job that I do, and will keep a positive attitude.

We, the undersigned understand the responsibilities and commitment of this Election Project.

 

__________________________________________________                           ____________________________

Parent Signature                                                                                                   Date 

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Student Signature                                                                                                                Date                                                                                                       

 

NOTE:  Fill out this form and return to the classroom teacher by the assigned date.

 


 

 

 

 

Westfield High SchoolAttendance and Evaluation Sheet Election Project

          Attendance and Evaluation Sheet

 **Note:  You will need a separate sheet for each candidate you volunteer for.

 

Student Name:                                                                                                     

Candidate Name: _________________________________________

Campaign Address:                                                                                                                                                            

Contact Person(s):                                                                                               Phone: ______________________
                              ___________________________________                Email: ______________________

Date

Hours
(Ex. 12:00-4:30)

Duties Performed


Supervisor’s Signature

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 
Additional Comments/Feedback:

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Reminders

     **As this is an election campaign volunteer experience, you are NOT allowed to count hours of
         service for which you are paid.


     _____________________________
                  Student Signature

      **By signing above you agree to perform this service according to the rules and guidelines
          detailed on the project description handout, and specifically to record only those hours
          you actually worked (no double hours) and service for which you did NOT receive pay.

 

 

President and Vice President

(Vote for not more than one)

The candidate names appear below in the order they will appear on the ballot.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Electors for
Barack Obama, President
Joe Biden, Vice President

REPUBLICAN PARTY
Electors for
John McCain,, President
Sarah Palin, Vice President

INDEPENDENT GREEN PARTY
Electors for
Chuck Baldwin, President
Darrell L. Castle, Vice President

LIBERTARIAN PARTY
Electors for
Bob Barr, President
Wayne A. Root, Vice President

GREEN PARTY
Electors for
Cynthia McKinney, President
Rosa Clemente, Vice President

INDEPENDENT
Electors for
Ralph Nader, President
Matt Gonzalez,Vice President

Write-In

 
 

Party Designators

D= Democrat

R= Republican

IG = Independent Green

L = Libertarian

I = Independent

 

 
United States Senate

(Vote for not more than one)

Name

Address

E-mail/Web

Mark. R. Warner, D

Friends of Mark Warner
1029 N. Royal St., 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314

mark.warner@markwarner2008.com
www.markwarner2008.com

James S. "Jim" Gilmore III, R

631 S. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

info@jimgilmoreforsenate.com
www.jimgilmoreforsenate.com

Glenda Gail Parker, IG

5904 Mt. Eagle Dr.
Apt 506
Alexandria, VA 22303

gailparker2006@aol.com
www.gailparker.us

William B. Redpath, L

827 Anthony Ct., SE
Leesburg, VA 20175

bill@redpath2008.com
www.redpath2008.com

 

United States House of Representatives
8th District

Name

Address

E-mail/Web

James P. "Jim" Moran, Jr., D*

175 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101

jpmoran@mail.house.gov

Mark W. Ellmore, R

5815 Clapham Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22315

mark@markellmore08.com
www.markellmore08.com

J. Ron Fisher, IG

P.O. Box 1310
Falls Church, VA 22041

dfpa@aol.com
www.ronfisherforcongress.com

 

United States House of Representatives
10th District

Name

Address

E-mail/Web

Judy M. Feder, D

1514 Hardwood Lane
McLean, VA 22101

judy@judyfeder.com
http://judyfeder.com

Frank R. Wolf, R*

1449 Hunter View Farms
Vienna, VA 22182

http://wolfforcongress.com

Neeraj C. Nigam, I

2005 N. Amelia St.
Sterling, VA 20164-3511

nnigam@nigamforcongress.org
www.nigamforcongress.org

 

United States House of Representatives
11th District

Name

Address

E-mail/Web

Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly, D

P.O. Box 563
Merrifield, VA 22116

info@gerryconnolly.com

Keith S. Fimian, R

P.O. Box 3131
Oakton, VA 22124

keith@fimianforcongress.com
www.keithfimian.com

Joseph P. Oddo, IG

5522 Hinton St.
Springfield, VA 22151

jo4congress@aol.com
www.indygreens.org

*Incumbent

 

PARKS AND PARK FACILITIES BONDS

Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds of Fairfax County, Virginia, in addition to the parks and park facilities bonds previously authorized, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $77,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds to finance the cost of providing additional parks and park facilities including the acquisition, construction, development and equipment of additional parks and park facilities, and the purchase of easements for the preservation of open-space land and the development and improvement of existing parks and park facilities by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and including an amount not to exceed $12,000,000 allocable to the County as its share of the cost of parks and park facilities to be acquired, constructed, developed and equipped by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority?

YES

NO

 

 

PARKS AND PARK FACILITIES BONDS

 

BALLOT QUESTION

PARKS AND PARK FACILITIES BONDS

Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money and issue bonds of Fairfax County, Virginia, in addition to the parks and park facilities bonds previously authorized, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $77,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds to finance the cost of providing additional parks and park facilities including the acquisition, construction, development and equipment of additional parks and park facilities, and the purchase of easements for the preservation of open-space land and the development and improvement of existing parks and park facilities by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and including an amount not to exceed $12,000,000 allocable to the County as its share of the cost of parks and park facilities to be acquired, constructed, developed and equipped by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority?

􀀀 YES

􀀀 NO

EXPLANATION

Virginia law permits the Fairfax County government to borrow money to finance the acquisition of land, materials, and equipment to construct projects by issuing general obligation bonds. General obligation bonds obligate the County to repay investors from future tax revenue. Bond financing permits the cost of a project to be repaid over a period of years during the life of a public facility. However, before the County can incur general obligation bond debt, the voters of the County must authorize the County to borrow those funds.

The question being presented in this bond referendum asks the voters of the County whether the Fairfax County government should be authorized to contract a debt and issue bonds in the maximum amount of $77,000,000 for the acquisition of new parks and the improvement of existing park facilities owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority ($65,000,000) and by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority ($12,000,000).

Fairfax County Park Acquisition Program and Park Development Program

The 2008 Bond program includes land acquisition, park development, facility renovations, and stewardship projects. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has adopted criteria for evaluating land acquisitions that include availability, demonstrated need, and park development, as supported by community input. The Park Authority will work with the private sector to acquire lands and easements and funds to supplement the bond proceeds. Park development projects include athletic fields, trails, and other new park facilities. Bond proceeds will also be used to repair and renovate aging park facilities, including building systems, indoor swimming pools, and various other park facilities. Stewardship projects protect natural and cultural resources and include wetland and stream restorations, dam repairs, and historic building preservation.

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Capital Improvement Program

Twelve million dollars will be allocated to Fairfax County’s share of the Regional Park Authority’s Capital Improvement Program, which provides land and facilities to address the needs of the citizens of Northern Virginia. The proposed plan includes projects at all regional parks, including a variety of new facilities, improvements to existing parks, and land and easement acquisition.

(This explanation was prepared, printed, and made available at voter registration sites and election polling places in accordance with Virginia Code Section 24.2-687

 

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