ewelections3 Mrs. Malm
East Woods  
November 7, 2000 is the day we go to the polls to elect a new president. The candidates will return to their hometowns to cast their ballots like millions of other Americans.
     People go to many different kinds of buildings to cast their votes. Schools, churches, community centers, fire stations, and senior centers become polling places.
     People working at these polling places check voter names on registration lists to be sure that each person who comes in is eligible to vote in that precinct. They also ensure that each person only votes once.
     Once voters receive their ballots, they step into a booth and close a curtain before marking their ballots. The right to vote privately is an important part of the election process. This right has only existed for about 100 years. Before 1888, voters had to call out their chosen candidates to election clerks. Because voting was public, people could be bullied into voting for certain candidates.
     After a candidate has received the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win the election, the losing candidate usually makes a concession statement. The runner-up usually thanks supporters and congratulates the winner. The winner makes a victory statement to voters across the nation as well as campaign staff and volunteers who have gathered to celebrate many months of hard work.
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