Each month, the Voter Ed team will release content packages centered around a frequently asked voter question. The packages will include materials like:
Printable handout with state-specific guidance
Short lesson plan for teaching the topic and a presentation to go with it
Flyers for advertising the program
You can use all these materials together, or simply take what you need. Read on to learn about the topics we've covered. If you're interested in becoming a partner, sign up using the form below.
Many individuals within the voting population can recall a time when voting was as simple as showing up to your polling place, saying your name to the poll worker, locating your name and address on the voting roster, and then voting. However, this no longer describes the voting process for registered voters living in voter ID states. Currently, there are 34 voter ID states, in which a registered voter has to present some form of identification in order to cast a regular ballot.
When most voters think of election day, they might imagine a general election where they vote to determine which candidate on the ballot will win the position of elected office. However, voters may be less familiar with primary elections. This may explain, in part, why voter turnout is so different for general and primary elections.
Voter materials and ballot questions are typically written at a twelfth-grade level or higher, a reading level that’s well beyond the average native English speaker’s, let alone a voter who speaks English as a second language. These voters can feel disconnected from the political system because of another barrier to entry—voter information about the process and the candidates that’s completely inaccessible.