Citizens of the United States and countries around the world watched as the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives—the Republican Party—suffered rarely seen difficulty agreeing on a leader, known as the Speaker of the House. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California finally won a majority of the votes that were cast, after failing to win the majority of votes 14 times previously. It took four days for the House to finally get down to the business of working on legislation, as they remained leaderless and thus unable to move forward. This event, and the role of the House in general, is the subject of this week’s GNN article. The event also reminded all of us here at Maps101 how important understanding civics is. And of course, this understanding begins in school as students learn about the U.S. government and the importance of voting—one of the key rights citizens have. So this week we are taking a look at how the government works, focusing on the House of Representatives, several perspectives on voting, and an example of the government working for the people.