New York Times Exit Poll (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/11/03/us/elections/exit-polls-president.html)
If you can’t access the NY Times link, you can use this page.
Review the exit poll data for the November 2020 General Election and find ONE of the questions that interest you to compare support between Trump and Biden.
1. List the question and the results. Why do you think that factor was important in who voters supported for president?
2. Control of the Senate
Senate – Politico results (https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/senate/)
Control of the United States Senate came down to the runoff elections for both Senate seats in Georgia. (More on this in #3)
The two independent Senators (Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont) both vote with the Democrats so most media outlets count them in the total on the Democratic side.
With both runoff seats being won by the Democrats, they have a 50-50 Senate with the President of the Senate, Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States, casting the tie-breaking vote for leadership positions.
Any one of the 100 Senators could change their party registration and change which party has control of the Senate. The last time there was a 50:50 Senate, Republican Jim Jeffords resigned from his party. and gave control to the Democrats.
2. Which Senator do you think might be most likely to switch political parties and why did you pick that Senator(s)?
Using this voting record data, you can see how Senators voted with or against President Trump (It?s too early to compare voting records to Biden?s agenda). So you?re looking for Republicans who voted against Trump more often or Democrats who voted with Trump more often than the rest of their respective political parties.
3. Election tools — Runoff vs. Ranked Choice
Most states don’t have runoff elections in the general election because they don’t require the winner to get 50% or higher. For example, even though no candidate in the Senate race in Michigan (https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/senate/) had 50% or higher, the candidate with the most votes was certified as the winner. In California, the general election is only between the top two vote-getters in the primary, so one candidate ends up with a majority in the general election.
But, ranked-choice voting is another election tool that ensures people get their preferred candidate.
Ranked Choice Voting
Maine used ranked-choice voting for the first time in their Senate race to avoid a runoff election and still get a winner to 50% or higher. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DMQUaRnIjo)
Basic concepts of voting systems explained: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo)
Example of “First Past the Post” — allowing a plurality to choose the winner
Placentia Yorba Linda School District
61% of the voters chose someone other than the winner of the Placentia-Yorba Linda School Board election. There’s currently a recall effort to remove Blades from the office (https://ylhsthewrangler.com/22592/news/pylusd-board-member-leandra-blades-under-heat/#:~:text=This%20petition%20calls%20for%20her%20resignation%20and%20continues,has%20had%20a%20heavy%20influence%20during%20the%20aftermath). because she attended the January 6th rally in Washington, D.C. I wonder what the results would have been if voters had been allowed to use rank choice voting.
4. OC Vote Election Results
Go to OC Vote for election data (https://ocvote.gov/map-central#33.7657/-117.7882/11/type=results%7Cinfo=Governor%7Cprecinct=05380%7Cchoice=0%7C) and see how your neighborhood voted.
Type in your address or use Fullerton College’s address if you don’t live in Orange County: 321 East Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA
Then click on results (right-hand corner)
Choose “2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election” for the Election
Choose “Shall Gavin Newsom be Recalled” for the Contest
Then switch to “Candidates to succeed Gavin Newsom” to see which candidates got support
You should see a map like this:
Election results (the image in files)
If it doesn’t work for you, try a different browser. If it still doesn’t work, just report that it wasn’t working. Most students can get it to work.
4. Precinct Results
Did your precinct (or Fullerton College’s precinct) vote for yes or no on the recall?
Who did your precinct (or Fullerton College’s precinct) vote as the candidate to succeed Newsom if the recall passed?
Los Angeles Data
If you live in Los Angeles County, you can use this website (https://www.latimes.com/projects/trump-biden-election-results-california/?fbclid=IwAR1uFJRTI2LpRuH12B7jgVOsNC0noRtTOqn5xWlwomC8stEokvJAVOi7QhA) for data from the Los Angeles Times for the 2020 presidential election results. Type in your address to see how your precinct voted.
If you live outside Los Angeles/Orange County, you can use this An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2020 Election Results: Trump vs. Biden – The New York Times (nytimes.com) (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/upshot/2020-election-map.html)
5. Local Elections
Local Elections are often decided by a few votes. If anyone ever says “my vote doesn’t matter” – show them local election results.
Go to the Election Night Results (https://www.livevoterturnout.com/Orange/LiveResults/en/Index_6.html)
For the 11/3/2020 Presidential General Election
Scroll down to Brea Olinda Unified School District, Trustee Area 5, and see the final vote total.
What was the final vote total?
How was the election decided (https://ocpolitical.com/2020/12/05/livestream-of-the-dice-roll-to-decide-the-election-in-brea-olinda-school-board-area-5/) and who was the winner?
How would you feel if you lost an election this way?