Additional Resources

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Become a Poll Worker
Want to volunteer at your local polling place? Have students that would like to volunteer? Find out requirements for your state from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Early and Often: Voting in American History
Podcast from Backstory with the American History Guys explores voting practices in U.S. History, and offers additional resources on the topic.

History of Voting Machines
Ever wonder about the origin of “chads?” Her, from the University of Iowa, is a nice overview of voting technologies and how they have changed over time.

iCivics: Cast Your Vote
Interactive game from iCivics asks players to evaluate candidates’ statements before casting votes for one or the other.

Importance of Civic Participation E-Learning Module
Free interactive learning module from the Center on Congress at Indiana University allows students to explore how they can participate in and effect change in the American political process.

Our Documents: Voting Rights Act of 1965
Explore the Voting Rights Act as a document with the National Archives—zoom in and out, or download hi-res copies for use in your classroom. Also link to additional lessons that use the document as a primary source.

Seize the Vote
Interactive game from the National Constitution Center and the Annenberg Foundation in which players use knowledge of voting rights to determine if their characters can take their places at the polls.

Signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Download a photo of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Allow students to analyze the photo. Who else will they spy in the background?

Upgrading Voter Registration
Series of reports from the Pew Center on the States explores the role of technology in voting and how it might be better-harnessed in states to simplify electoral processes.

Voting Rights and the Democratic Process
Reports from the Brennan Center at New York University Law School explores the impact of state voting legislation on the democratic process.

Youth Voting
CIRCLE’s collection of studies on youth voting, and how the youth vote affects elections.



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