For election day, I always have a physical map I can mark up and keep track of the Presidential race. Sharing mine (including key senate races) for your littles (or you) to follow along as well! Something about putting pen to paper!
Electoral College: Established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College is the formal body which elects the President and Vice President of the United States. Each state has as many "electors" in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, and the District of Columbia has three electors. When voters go to the polls in a Presidential election, they actually are voting for the slate of electors vowing to cast their ballots for that ticket in the Electoral College.
Page 2: This table shows the Electoral college breakdown by state in the 2016 election, the 2020 NPR forecast, a blank column to allow you to put in actual results and a “Votes Counted” section.
Will we know the results election night?
It depends! Most states allow mail-in ballots and states have different methods of counting them. This year, due to COVID, more mail-in ballots are expected than normal. The Votes Counted column shows how many of the votes we expect to be counted on election night. Take particular note of Pennsylvania – while this state leans Democratic, it’s considered at risk. PA will only have some of its mail-in ballots counted on election night – so if the race is tight there, it will effect ‘calling’ that state for one candidate or the other. Other factors that may affect election night results include how tight each of the other states are, challenges to election results and formal certification of votes.
Pages 3 & 4 are maps to support the data in the table on Page 2.
Page 5 is a blank map for you to color and fill out as you choose!
Page 6: Keep track of the US Senate races to see if the Republicans will keep control or if the Democrats will Flip the Senate!
Happy Election Day!