Voter ID, Voting Requirements, and Vote Counting

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From the American Bar Association: A collection of lesson plans that teach voting requirements, voter ID laws, and vote counting laws.

Students take an actual Alabama literacy test, grade it in class, and use the results to determine if they would have been eligible to vote prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. They also analyze excerpts of the act and learn about voting requirements in their own state.

Students become recount officials, determining how each ballot should be counted, or not, under state law. Minnesota Public Radio has assembled approximately 50 ballots online that were challenged during the 2008 Minnesota Senate recount between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. Students must examine the ballot, use the provided Minnesota state law to determine how it should be counted, and vote accordingly. Upon voting, students may see poll results, and compare their vote to all of the votes received.

Link: Voter ID, Voting Requirements, and Vote Counting


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