Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment
Students learn through a hands-on experiment why voting is important. They learn the potential impact of deciding not to vote.
election, vote, citizenship, responsibility
Voting is a privilege; nobody has to vote. In your classroom, you might re-create an experiment that more than 3,000 students took part in on Election Day 1996.
How do the two votes differ? Were boys or girls more likely to vote when given the option? Might an election be affected if only the people who choose to vote do so? How might people required to vote affect an election? Why is voting important?
Assess students based on their participation in a discussion about the potential impact of a person's decision to or not to vote.
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Last updated 1/10/2012