Covering everything from referendums to recalls, this lesson takes students to the voting booth and explains what they might see on a typical ballot. Students will discover how voters have the opportunity to initiate change in state and local government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the typical process of registering to vote and what happens at the polling place
  • Identify the types of choices voters typically encounter on ballots
  • Explain the purpose and process of a typical recall election
  • Compare and contrast the initiative and referendum processes
  • Explain how initiatives, referendums, and recalls provide opportunities to initiate change in government policy
  • Distinguish between different types of ballots.


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