The Voters Challenge

Voters Challenge logoHow much do you know about Civics and Citizenship? About Policy Issues? About Political Campaigns?

The Voters Challenge invites you to read short items about the concepts of government and democracy, then take quizzes to see how much you know. Come back often, as content is added all the time!

Test your knowledge across many different topic areas.

Citizenship & Government

These are the questions that immigrants are tested on to become citizens of the United States.

  1. How long can a Senator stay in office?
  2. What are the three branches of government?
  3. Can anyone serve on a jury? Does everyone have to?
  4. Can the President make or overturn laws? Can the President declare war?
  5. Does "free speech" mean I can say anything I want?

Policy Issues

These are the issues that candidates promote for what they think the government should do.

  1. US & the World: Defense, Diplomacy, Immigration, Trade
    • What are the current immigration laws? Are they working well?
    • Why do we need trade agreements? Are they good or bad for us?
    • Can't we just use drones to wipe out all the bad guys?
  2. Economy: Budget/Spending, Commerce, Labor
    • What is deficit spending? Is it good or bad?
    • Everyone disagrees about how a bill will change the economy in 10 years. Who is right?
    • What are regulations? Do they hurt the economy just to protect an owl or a lizard?
  3. Infrastructure: Transportation, Environment, Energy, Housing, Agriculture
    • Who keeps our nuclear weapons safe?
    • Who keeps our food supply safe?
    • Why is going through an airport such a hassle?
  4. Services: Healthcare, Police and Safety, Veterans
    • Why is the government involved with health insurance? Isn't insurance a private market?
    • What is meant by "single-payer" healthcare?
    • What does the FBI do? Are they linked to the local police?

Campaign Survival KitCandidate at lectern

These are the techniques that help viewers and listeners to understand the maze of headlines, statistics, slogans, and misinformation that can overwhelm the voting population.

  • What are unnamed sources? Can we trust them?
  • What are fact checkers? How do we know whom to believe?
  • Is it always important to give equal consideration to the “other side” of an argument?
  • What is “negative campaigning”? Is it always a bad thing?
  • What is hypocrisy? Is it the same as flip-flopping?