Today has finally come, to the relief - and anguished nervousness - of what surely seems to be the majority of the country. One way or another, states will use Election Day voting results to assign Electors and resolve any potential conflicts in the assigning of Electors by December 13, the Electors will meet in their respective states to vote on the new President on December 19, the results will be counted by Congress and announced by the Vice President on January 6, and (unless there is no clear victor and the election is thrown to the House for the Presidential election, selecting from the top three finishers, and the Senate for the Vice Presidential election, selecting from the top two finishers) the new President will be sworn in on January 20.
You never really know how students are going to handle an election year. My first-ever Humanities class revelled in it, joining Walter McKenzie's Surfaquarium project linking classrooms nationally, researching and presenting different candidates, refining and strengthening their views on different issues, and debating, debating, debating. With three students supporting George W. Bush, five students supporting John Kerry, one student leaning toward the Green party, and one student resolutely keeping her preferences to herself, discussions were lively indeed and my primary role was that of moderator. So I was ready for a replay four years ago - and the students' attitude seemed to be, no thanks, we hear enough about the election as it is, could we study something else please? With those two extreme experiences behind me, I am definitely ready for anything this year.
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