Election Tea Towel
- 20 X 28 inches
- 100% cotton
- Hand silk-screened
Brighten up the kitchen with a jaunty tea towel this election season. In an extraordinary election year, all eyes are on Washington, D.C. The red, white, and blue hand silk-screened images of historic sites around the District of Columbia are surely familiar to those watching. The Capitol, the White House, Washington Monument, Iwo Jima Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National Cathedral, and Pentagon are all represented. The Republican elephants lean right, the Democratic donkeys lean left. If you don’t vote, you don’t get a say in who rides in Air Force One.
Every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, Americans go to the polls to elect their President. The campaign for President is steeped in tradition, combining ritual, celebration, intense marketing, and bombast, all leading up to Election Day when citizens enter voting booths to exercise their solemn right to choose their leaders. The stakes are high, and the election results shape the course of the nation and indeed the entire world for the next four years.
Most Americans know that the National Archives preserves important historical documents, but a little known function of the National Archives is the administration of the electoral college. The Office of the Federal Register coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the states, the Congress, and the American people. The Office of the Federal Register operates as an intermediary between the governors and secretaries of state of the states and the Congress. It also acts as a trusted agent of the Congress in the sense that it is responsible for reviewing the legal sufficiency of the certificates before the House and Senate accept them as evidence of official state action. The National Archives preserves electoral college documents dating back to 1789.