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US Elections 2004

Republican, George W. Bush is returning for a second term as President. Bush clinched the victory in the 2004 Presidential Election after winning the 20 electoral votes in Ohio, which gave him a total of 274 electoral college votes. In case you're still confused about how everything works, Kidzworld takes a look at the American electoral system.

US Elections - The Players

Presidential Candidates: Must be at least 35 years old, born in the USA and have lived in the USA for 14 years.
Political Parties: Groups of people who have similar ideas about how the country should be run, who put forward candidates in political elections.
Voters: must be 18 years old, a US citizen and meet the residency requirements for his or her state.

US Elections - Popular Vote

Political parties elect a person to run as their presidential candidate through primaries and caucuses, in which party members vote for their fave candidate. Independent candidates (those without party affiliations) simply register themselves as presidential candidates. All the candidates are put forward to the American public and voters choose their favorite. Here's where is gets tricky though. Even though voters check off the name of the person they would like to see become President, they are actually voting directly for the candidate; that's the job of the Electoral College. Let's take a look at what they do.

US Elections - The Electoral College

In the Electoral College system each state gets a certain number of electors based on the number of representatives it has in congress. California has the most - a whopping 54! Rhode Island gets four. Aww, poor Rhode Island. There are 538 electoral votes all together. Each state then uses these electors (thing of them as multiple votes) to say who their state prefers for President. So if most of the peeps in Rhode Island votes for a dude named Bob Jones, then Rhode Island would get 4 votes for good ol' Bob. The candidate who gets at least 270 electoral votes becomes President. This explain why Al Gore actually got more votes in the 2000 election but George Bush became President - he got more electoral votes. In 2004, George Bush received 51% of the popular vote, while John Kerry received 48%. The new president is always sworn in on January 20th.

Election 2004 - The Candidates

The two main political parties in the United States are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Here's a brief glance at their candidates for President in the 2004 Election:
Republican - George Bush: He's the 43rd President, who's been re-elected for a second term in office. You're only allowed to be president for two terms, so this will be his final term. He campaigned mostly on the issue of national security and the War on Terror.
Democrat - John Kerry: This Massachusetts senator fought in the Vietnam War and campaigned to protect America from "foreign threats and greedy special interests."

So, what do you think? and tell us what you think about the 2004 election. Were you happy about who won? Who would you have voted for if you could vote.

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    Who Would You Vote For?

    • George Bush.
    • John Kerry.
    • An independant candidate or someone from a smaller party.
    • I don't know.

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    Fairkss
    Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
    reply about 2 hours
    Fairkss
    There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
    reply about 2 hours
    nqme
    nqme posted in Debating:
    I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
    reply about 3 hours
    Igiveuponthename
    That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
    reply about 4 hours
    Fairkss
    Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
    I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
    reply about 4 hours