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Online Voting Many people think the future of voting is on the Internet, which would allow people to vote as easily and quickly as they send email. Some states have experimented with online voting. Critics fear that online voting has the potential to compromise the secret ballot or to encourage voter fraud, and so online voting remains in its experimental stages. Running for Office Americans elect thousands of officials at all levels of government. The people who run for office vary greatly in terms of ideology, goals, campaign strategies, and outlooks, but all must campaign to win. Eligibility All federal offices have eligibility requirements, some more stringent than others. The eligibility requirements for elected federal offices are summarized in the following table. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL OFFICES Office Requirements Representative At least 25 years old, a citizen for at least 7 years, and a
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Unformatted text preview: resident of the state he or she represents Senator At least 30 years old, a citizen for at least 9 years, and a resident of the state he or she represents President and Vice President At least 35 years old, a natural-born citizen, a U.S. resident for at least 14 years Traits of Office Seekers Most elected officials are older, white males and usually wealthier than the average citizen. In the last few decades, more women and minorities have taken office at the state and federal levels, but they hold office in disproportionately low numbers. Following the 2002 elections, for example, just sixty-two women served as members of the House. After the 2004 elections, only one African American served in the Senate. The homogeneity of officeholders does not reflect the diversity of the population of the United States....
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