Elections and Voting Quiz (Level II)
Who was the only president elected four times?
- Franklin Roosevelt was elected an unprecedented four times. He died in office in 1945. Thereafter, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed.which set term limits for the presidency.
Which was the first presidential election in which 18-year-olds could vote?
- The 1972 presidential in which Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern was the first election held after the voting age was dropped from 21 to 18. The 26th amendment, passed in 1971, set the minimum voting age at 18.
Women throughout the United States were given the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. But what was the first territory or state to grant women the right to vote?
- When the Wyoming Territory was organized in 1869, Wyoming women became the first in the nation to obtain the right to vote.
Which presidents were elected even though they lost the popular vote?
- Four presidents won the presidency without winning the popular vote: Candidate Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the election to John Quincy Adams (1824); Samuel J. Tilden won the popular vote but lost the election to Rutherford B. Hayes (1876); Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost the election to Benjamin Harrison (1888); Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to George W. Bush (2000).
Which presidential candidate was elected, defeated, and then reelected?
- Grover Cleveland was elected in 1884, defeated in 1888, and reelected in 1892.
Only two states allow electors to divide their votes among candidates in presidential elections. Which of the following are the two states?
- In most cases, the electoral votes from a particular state go to the candidate who leads the popular vote in that state. Maine and Nebraska are the exceptions.
Which president won both the highest popular vote and the most electoral college votes in an election?
- In 1984, Ronald Reagan was reelected with the highest popular vote of any president (54,455,075) as well as the most electoral votes (525).
The 15th Amendment gave African Americans the right to vote. But what outlawed the discriminatory practices the prevented many African Americans from exercising their right to vote?
- Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which made it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such discriminatory requirements were declared illegal. See also Civil Rights Timeline.
Which presidential election was the closest in terms of the popular vote?
- In 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by a hair's breadth. Kennedy won 49.7% of the popular vote; Nixon won 49.6%. See also Closest Presidential Races.
What candidate has run in the most presidential elections?
- American socialist Norman Thomas entered and lost presidential elections in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948. He received his greatest number of votes (880,000) in 1932.