One important area of statistics is visualization. The header for our site is taken from the World Future Society. The article discusses the present gap between young and elderly voters and compares it to the elections in 1972, when a similar gap existed.
Elections are one area that is full of opportunity to practice statistics. Our election discussion in class will focus mostly on polls and how margins of error are calculated. Here is the wikipedia entry which is more detailed.
The US electoral system electoral system, based on the outcomes in a handful of battleground states, is very complicated and outside the scope of the class. Here are some actual predictions for the present presidential elections.