Trivia Answers - May 2014
Midterm Elections - November 4, 2014:
The Senate will hold elections with 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested. Winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2021. The House of Representatives will hold elections for all seats. Winners will serve two-year terms and will be considered for reelection every even year. In 36 states and three territories, elections for governors will be held. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies that occur during the 113th U.S. Congress.
Q. When was the first quadrennial (recurring every four years) American election? Hint: The election spanned from a Monday, December 15 to a Saturday, January 10. A. 1788-1789 The United States presidential election of 1788–1789 was the 1st quadrennial presidential election. It was held from Monday, December 15, 1788 to Saturday, January 10, 1789. It was the first presidential election in the United States of America under the new United States Constitution, which was adopted on September 17, 1787, and the only election to ever take place partially in a year that is not a multiple of four. In this election, George Washington was unanimously elected for the first of his two terms as president, and John Adams became the first vice-president.
Q. How old do you have to be to vote in a federal election in most, but not all, states? A. 18
The Twenty-Sixth Amendment reads: The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Q. Do you have to show proof of American citizenship to vote? A. No
- In June of 2013, The Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required people to submit proof of citizenship when they registered to vote.
- Frequently Asked voter questions
Q. How many full terms can one U.S. president serve? A. 2
The Twenty-second Amendment of the United States Constitution sets a term limit for election to the office of President of the United States. Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. Congress passed the amendment on March 21, 1947. It was ratified by the requisite number of states on February 27, 1951.
Q. Who was the first vice president of the United States? A. John Adams
Q. What are some qualifications to run for U.S. president? A. U.S. citizen and at least 35 years old
Q. What are the two most prominent U.S. political parties? A. Democrats and Republicans
Q. Washington, D.C. is a district, not a state, and is not represented in Congress by senators or representatives. Do you know who represents the Capital City? A. Delegate Elinor Holmes Norton
The Nature of American Midterm Elections: Turnout in midterm elections is always down from presidential elections. While many people change their minds over the course of a campaign about whether to vote and which candidate to vote for, most voters return to their favored party by election time. It’s still half a year away from Election Day, but the amount of money raised to fund this year’s congressional races already numbers in the hundreds of millions.