The 2020 election results provide an excellent opportunity for high school and college teachers and instructors to assign meaningful term papers to students of not only history, but also journalism, political science, U.S. government, graphics arts, and statistics.
Creating teams of students interested in each of these different subject areas might be interesting, as well.
Data on past elections can be found online at the Commonwealth Election Commission, the Saipan Tribune, and Marianas Variety.
A complete history of CNMI elections would begin with the first; however, a graph of the elections from 2000 to 2020 might be sufficient to demonstrate a meaningful trend.
When interpreting the results, the “end of the year” stories in both the Variety and the Tribune can be a source of the significant events that may have affected each election.
Should any students or student teams take on this challenge, I would very much like to read their results.
Who knows, perhaps there is a future historian in the group?
Don A. Farrell
Marpo Heights, Tinian