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In the year 2000, the presidential election issues included taxation, education, civil rights, health care, social security, environmental protection, and campaign finance reform. In 2008, presidential election issues included the war in Iraq, terrorism, environmental issues, the economy, health care reform, education and No Child Left Behind, and immigration reform. Which of these issues will be crucial in the next Presidency? Which political positions will be rewarded? What new issues will emerge?

Additional Resources - Online source for current political information

Election Co-nection - Interactive site about the election process featuring an Oct. 28, 2008 mock election

Elections 2008 - Extensive information from the University of Michigan's Document Center to help learners understand the election process

Kids Voting USA - Learning tools for involving youth in today's election process

New York Times Learning Network: Election 2008 - Lesson plans, learning activities, and links to historic news articles about elections

News Hour Vote 2008 - PBS site documenting the presidential election process

PBS Democracy Project - Learning activities for younger students

Project Vote Smart - Comprehensive source for information on candidates and issues

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