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American Elections: Democracy in Action with Ed Rivet
Live course taught by Ed Rivet for Fall 2024 High School Government/Law

Presented live every four years (in the presidential election year), this 6-week course helps your student fully understand and become involved with the fundamentals of our American elections. A practical, timely course helping your student know the importance of how to be a force for good in our republic.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during four different time slots in the fall. Choose the day and time that works best for you. We recommend registering early as we expect this course to fill and close quickly.

The Friday section will meet on November 1, All Saints Day. Students not able to attend that day will catch up by viewing the class recording. Added Note: This one is with Ed Rivet. Please search for Paul Hyatt's American Elections courses. He is offering it at 3 other time slots.


Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Thursdays, October 3 to November 7, 2024.

4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of American government.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Government. For full credit, add another government course (live or recorded), or see our Government Reading List.

Instructor: Ed Rivet

Course Description: This 6-week course will explore the "ins and outs" of the American electoral process, with a special emphasis on the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election. We'll begin class five weeks prior to the November 5th election, with our last class a wrap-up, just days after we've elected a new president. (Well ... hopefully we won't have a repeat of the year 2000 "hanging chad" debacle.) Along with weekly lectures, there will be some interactive features during the class time. Perhaps we'll have a little "prognostication" contest on the outcome of certain elections.

Course Outline:

·         Week 1: Elections: Overview of Constitution & Laws

·         Week 2: Comparisons: Local v. State v. National Elections; Partisan v. Nonpartisan; Jungle Primaries; U.S. System v. other countries

·         Week 3: The Electoral College - Should It Stay or Should It Go?

·         Week 4: Anatomy of Campaigns: Operations, PACs & Super PACs, Polls & Pundits

·         Week 5: How Issues, Incidents & Outside Events Affect Campaigns

·         Week 6: Post-election Analysis - What drove the results? How accurately did we foresee the results? What are the implications of the results?

Course Materials: Provided free by the instructor or online.

Homework: Students will have a variety of "home" work assignments – reading, research, some essays, etc. Students are going to be STRONGLY encouraged to volunteer at least a couple hours of their time to any candidate or issue campaign of their choice during the 6-week period. Essays will be graded by the instructor. 

Fee: For all 6 classes: $107 if you register on or before July 15, $127 after July. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course name
American Elections: Democracy in Action with Ed Rivet
Ed Rivet
Fall 2024
Grade level
High School
Course type
Seats available
25 seats available
Seats remaining
14 seats remaining
Start time
October 3rd, 2024 at 4:00 PM ET
End time
November 7th, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
Access start time
September 19th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Access end time
June 30th, 2025 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability start time
March 20th, 2024 at 9:06 AM ET
Early enrollment discount ends
July 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
September 26th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
September 29th, 2024 at 12:07 AM ET
Relative due dates
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About Ed Rivet

Ed Rivet earned a BS in Pre-Law and Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Administration from Michigan State University. He served three years as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives and 30 years as the Right to Life of Michigan’s Legislative Director.

He is currently the executive director of a policy advocacy organization. Mr. Rivet has written and helped enact dozens of laws, including the nation’s first complete ban on human cloning, and banning assisted suicide in the face of the assault on human life by Jack Kevorkian and Geoffrey Fieger.

Mr. Rivet was the director of the state of Michigan’s largest all-volunteer citizen petition drive, which also was the state’s most accurate petition drive with 97.3% valid signatures. With countless media interviews, Mr. Rivet appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York TimesUSA Today, and live interviews on CNN and Good Morning America.

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