Elections and Voting Teacher Resources

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Elections and Voting Teacher Resources

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

#FutureVoter | VoteWA.gov | Register to Vote

#Future Voter Toolkit

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.  

Classroom Guide to Voter Registration from the Washington Office of the Secretary of State with everything you need to know!

Download: ClassroomGuideRegistration_2020

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day Posters, Future Voter Posters and Bookmarks | OSPI and Office of Secretary of State



Download: FutureVoterOSPI_Posters_2021.pdf

Download: FutureVoterOSPI_Bookmarks_2021.pdf

Download: TGCD_Posters2021.pdf

Early Voter Registration Forms | Office of Secretary of State

Download: Voter Registration Form - Spanish

Download: Voter Registration Form - Chinese

Download: Voter Registration Form - Vietnamese


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

K-12 Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials

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. 

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

Elections and Voting  | iCivics
Lessons and digital games to engage students in meaningful civic learning.

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.

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?

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

Teaching Elections in Washington State | Washington Secretary of State 
Lesson plans & classroom activities for grades K–12

Washington Civics Education Organizations | Washington Secretary of State

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