Learning Exercise

The Economics of Voting: What Do You Mean, My Vote Doesn't Count?

This assignment has the students create a poster or podcast explaining the costs and benefits of voting.
Course: American Government
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Exercise

Create a poster or podcast explaining the costs and benefits of voting. People 18 –20 years of age historically have shown poor voter turnout in elections, and economics explains why such behavior can be rational from the non-voting individual's perspective. Does your vote count? Using the information gathered through the MERLOT resource, create a poster or podcast convincing your peers that their vote is important and they should vote.

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Author Robert Downs

Topics

Voting and Party System: Why Your Vote Counts

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Learning Objectives

Examine the reasons for low voter turnout and what is being done to promote awareness of and participation in the electoral process.