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Corrado, Anthony – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Examines the effects of new information and communication technologies on the structure and practices of U.S. politics. Maintains that the success or failure of digital-era democracy will depend ultimately on citizen participation. Includes a brief look at current innovative U.S. voter registration programs. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Computer Mediated Communication
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Brandsberg, Jennifer – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Provides a quick look at some World Wide Web sites that contain current election year information. Recommends Project Vote Smart, a site with links to online news organizations, the home pages of all presidential candidates, and other political sites. Briefly notes several interactive CD-ROM resources. (MJP)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Schneider, Pauline A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Investigates the many factors pertaining to low voter turnout. Lack of education, poverty, and apathy contribute strongly to diminished voter participation. Language difficulties, a highly mobile society, and the discouraging effects of polls also contribute. Notes the positive correlation between voter registration and participation. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Apathy, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education
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Brandsberg, Jennifer – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Presents a learning activity consisting of a forum where five students role play individuals arguing contrasting viewpoints concerning a mail-in ballot procedure for a U.S. senatorial special election. Other class members conduct independent research supporting their positions and help coach the forum members. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Elections
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Nessel, Paula A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Describes a variety of educational resources designed to help teachers develop units of study around the November 1996 elections. Includes videos, study guides, activity books, pamphlets, and organization reports for grades K-12. Annotations include grade level designation and ordering information. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Current Events
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Yang, Elizabeth M. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Explores the constitutional amendments and federal laws that extended the right to vote to most citizens. Discusses the historical circumstances and social issues that surrounded passage of the 15th Amendment (elimination of racial barriers), 19th Amendment (women's right to vote), and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History
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Elliot, Lee Ann – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Presents a concise overview of the responsibilities, membership, structure, and requirements of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Created in 1974, the FEC oversees the financial activities of candidates and political parties. Discusses corporate and union political action committees (PACs) as well as contribution limits and prohibitions. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional Law, Elections
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Cain, Becky – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Maintains that the National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter Law), which requires states to provide voter registration forms with vehicle registration and at public assistance sites, has increased dramatically the number of registered voters. Discusses legal challenges and answers critics' objections. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Current Events
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Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Reiterates the importance of voting and education to the democratic process. Praises President Clinton's efforts to increase voter participation and access including his support of the motor voter law. Briefly summarizes Clinton's vision for the future of the country. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics
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Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Stresses the Robert Dole/Jack Kemp campaign's recognition of the importance of the youth vote. Notes the efforts of the Republican National Party to involve youth in politics. Details a 10-point program, the "Education Consumers Warranty," that summarizes conservatives' approach to educational reform. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy
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Potter, Trevor – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Presents a concise overview of the complicated web of laws and regulations governing the financing of federal political campaigns. Discusses related issues such as "soft money," and the conflict between restrictive campaign regulations and free speech. Notes that regulation of state elections remains with the states. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional Law, Elections
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Baran, Jan Witold; Cronic, Jason P. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Examines the controversies and consequences involved in drawing proper districts for federal and state representatives. Discusses the Supreme Court's role in deciding these questions. Provides definitions and related court cases concerning gerrymandering and malapportionment, the two most common abuses of the districting process. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law
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Goldstein, Joel K. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Examines one of the least understood institutions of U.S. politics, the Electoral College. Discusses the historical circumstances resulting in its creation as well as the current structure and membership. Provides arguments for and against continuation of the Electoral College. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law
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Gans, Curtis – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Criticizes the presidential primary process as possibly leading to the destruction of the two-party system. Claims that the current process limits the competition to the rich and famous, enhances the worst aspects of campaigning, and evaluates candidates purely on their political skills. Briefly discusses some reform proposals. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democratic Values
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Mulford, Ross Clayton – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Maintains that current campaign finance laws and regulations unfairly advantage incumbents and discourage challengers. This has resulted in the predominance of interest groups, media campaigns, and an emphasis on fund raising over political leadership. Argues for campaign finance laws written to serve the public interest. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democratic Values
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