LINDEN, NJ - As the 2020 Federal Elections approaches, Linden Department of Parks & Recreation is offering a five session course and discussion on the history of US Presidential Elections. Each session is two hours long. Each session is a stand-alone and participants can sign up for one or all. The discussion covers the Constitutional Presidential process and include a history of the development of political parties, consistent election themes, campaign strategies, and historic Presidential elections. There will be a concluding session on the 2016 election and upcoming 2020 election. All sessions will be held at the John T. Gregorio Center, 330 Helen St. and are free. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

The Constitutional and Legal Basis of US Presidential Elections

Topics: Constitutional Compromises, The Electoral College, Constitutional Amendments Affecting the Election, Seven of the Thirty-Three Amendments

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Friday, February 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm

The Development of Political Parties and Their Effect on US Presidential Elections

Topics: Political Parties: Federalists, Democrats Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, Republicans and Third Parties, Nomination Process: Caucuses, Primaries and Conventions

Friday, February 14 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Reoccurring Election Themes and Issues

Topics: Race, Geography, Religion, The Economy, Foreign Policy, The Role of Government

Friday, February 21 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Specific Elections with Historic Significance

Topics: Disputed Elections, Defeat of an Incumbent, War Time, Third Party Influence & Other Factors

2 sessions

Friday, February 28 & Mar. 6 from 1:00-3:00 pm

The Elections of 2016 and 2020

Friday, March 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm

To register online for the classes, visit and click on Community Pass. To register for a senior citizen class visit the John T. Gregorio Center at 330 Helen St. Email for information about classes, or call 908-474-8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located on the second floor at 605 South Wood Avenue.

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