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Elections and Voting Teacher Resources - Updated Version

Elections and Voting Teacher Resources - Updated Version


 It is important to educate future voters about the issues, processes, and impacts of voting in elections. These resources include links to lesson plans, videos, games, and printables to assist teachers K—12 to promote civic participation and voting.


Elections and Voting Teacher Resources

It is important to educate #FutureVoters about the issues, processes, and impacts of voting in elections. OSPI is proud to partner with the Washington Office of Secretary of State offer resources to support teaching about elections K-12 and help eligible students register to vote, including links to #FutureVoter materials, lesson plans, videos, games, and printables, most of which are appropriate for both distance and in person learning.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day 2021 | Washington Secretary of State
#FutureVoter | | Register to Vote

#Future Voter Toolkit

#Future Voter Toolkit

vote starts with you

Materials in this #FutureVoter toolkit contain the #FutureVoter voter registration QR Code, alternate paper registration, teacher instructions, and other printable items for teacher and student access. We recommend you review all materials and print those that will be useful to you.  

Visit the Voter Outreach and Educational Materials page from the Washington Secretary of State for additional materials.

K-12 Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials

K-12 Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials

Washington Civics Education Organizations | Washington Secretary of State

Teaching Elections in Washington State | Washington Secretary of State 

Campaign Classroom | Teach with TVW 
Videos and lessons that connect students across Washington State directly with journalists covering statewide campaigns and elections.

Civics Course Resources | OSPI 
Guide to Civic Education legislation, the Six Proven Practices for Civic Education, and resources for teaching civics in grades 9-12.

Election Headquarters | iCivics
Curated, non-partisan election teaching resources (lessons, guidance documents, infographics, and digital games to engage students in meaningful civic learning. (login required to download resources)Lesson plans & classroom activities for grades K–12

Congressional Elections | Crash Course Government and Politics and PBS Digital Studios
Covers the importance of congressional elections - frequency of elections in the Senate and House, typical characteristics of a candidate, and the motivating factors our congresspeople follow to get re-elected.

Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6

How Voters Decide| Crash Course Government and Politics and PBS Digital Studios
Discusses how voters make decisions -  party loyalty, the issues involved in an election, and candidate characteristics.

How Voters Decide: Crash Course Government and Politics #38

Growing Voters |  Lesley University
Hands-on classroom activities and lesson plans on electioneering, campaigning, and voting. 

We the Voters | Vulcan Productions
Series of films, apps and games that focus on how the government works and encourage Americans to seize the power of their vote. 

To Vote or Not to Vote | PBS Newshour 
Lesson plan for 3-4 50 min class periods. Essential Question: Why is voting an important responsibility for citizens?



Finding Your County Elections Departments in Washington State

Visit the Washington Secretary of State County Election Office site to find and contact your local county election department.

Contact your county elections department to:

  •  request a ballot or other voting materials
  •  file for a local office
  •  get help after a deadline
  •  make a change to your voter registration

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