1) “TRUE/FALSE: The Chairmen of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee have quite a bit of influence over the operations, positions, and nominating process of the various State parties.” The correct answer is FALSE.
2) “Which statement is MOST TRUE about who determines ballot formats and voting systems in the U.S.?; (a) Congress has determined which states shall use which voting methods and ballot formats; (b) Some state governments have mandated a single ballot format and voting method to be used state-wide, but many states still leave those decisions up to local officials; (c) Each state government has determined a single ballot format and voting method to be used state-wide, although not every state has mandated the same method; (d) Congress has determined that all states and local governments must use the same voting method and ballot format.” The correct answer was B, but a lot of folks chose C.
3) There were actually two questions about the method of election used for most Congressional and Legislative races in the US: “Elections for the U.S. House are conducted using: (a) Single-Member Districts; (b) Multi-Member Districts; (c) Statewide (at-large) districts” and “True/False: The U.S. uses Proportional Representation methods for most Congressional and State Legislative elections.” The correct answer for the first one was A, and the second statement is FALSE.
4) “Which statement is more true about American political parties?; (a) Political parties in the U.S. tend to be broad coalitions of various groups that might share some common goals, but there will be some variety in the ways that candidates and local party groups campaign because of regional or philosophical differences; (b) Political parties in the U.S. tend to be very ideologically-driven: there’s an expectation that candidates that run under that party’s label will support the national party’s platform.” The correct answer is A.
So, to earn up to six (6) bonus points, here’s what I’d like you to do. The four topics that there seems to be some confusion about are: (I) the bottom-up structure of American political parties; (II) the fact that American political parties are cadre/coalition parties, and not ideological; (III) the importance of single-member districts in Congressional elections; and (IV) the role of local, state, and federal governments in elections management.
Take ANY TWO (2) of those topics (the ones numbered with Roman numerals I through IV), and write YOUR OWN multiple-choice or True-False question for each. Your question should be worded in a such a way that you’d be testing your fellow students’ knowledge of the material. A good question usually only consists of a sentence or two, and then (for multiple choice questions) the options should also be relatively short and to the point. Make sure you indicate which is the correct answer. Then, explain WHY each of the incorrect answers is wrong. For each of your two questions, you can earn three points (one for a well-crafted question, a second for identifying the correct answer, and a third for explaining why your other possible answers are incorrect). Any answer that just repeats the wording of my questions won’t earn any points.
Please write this up in a Word (or pdf) document, and submit it to this Assignment dropbox folder by 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 22nd.