Get ready to vote yourself. First, you have to register. (30 minutes)
Look at previous lesson's ISideWith.com class results. Create an anonymous survey using Google Forms. Choose “Multiple Choice” and add “Democratic,” “Republican,” and “other.”
Optional: Add a short answer question about which “other” parties to discuss the minor parties. In “Settings” be sure “Collect email addresses” is NOT checked and check “Limit to 1 response.”
Ask students to complete the survey. Click “Responses” and display the pie chart as students are responding. Students do not have to reveal their party, but some may choose to do so.
What party has the most support among our classmates? Which has the least? Do you agree with ISideWith’s pick for your top party? Why or why not?
Major party, minor party (third party), two-party system, primary election
(open and closed primaries), general election, spoiler effect
What’s the point of voter registration? Why isn’t it automatic when you turn 18? Voting and election laws are created by states, and as long as they don’t violate the US Constitution or Federal Laws such as the Voting Rights Act, states get to decide the methods of voting and to establish security measures to guarantee accurate election results.
Optional Reading: Debunking the Voter-Fraud Myth
All students can participate in this activity, whether they are eligible to vote or not. Students that are eligible (a US citizen that will be 18 by the next Election Day) may click the “Submit” button at the end of the form. Students that are not eligible to vote in the upcoming election may complete a mock form, and not click “Submit”, or the teacher may complete a mock form and display their screen to the class.
Screen 1: Students may click “Online voter registration” link.
Screen 2 (Your Basic Info): First and Last Name (exactly as written on PennDOT ID or Social Security Card)
Screen 4 - Review & Confirm: Check to make sure all the info you entered is
Congratulations! Send students that registered an “I Registered to Vote” digital sticker they can share on social media!
Ask students what’s next in the process. Possible answers: