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Future Voter Q&A
K-12 Voter Resources Video
Q&A with Sounders FC & OL Reign
Voter Guide for Hispanic and Latino/a Students
Voter Reg Form (Chinese)
Voter Reg Form (English)
Voter Reg Form (Spanish)
Voter Reg Form (Vietnamese)
Washington Public Disclosure Commission
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.
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.
#Future Voter Toolkit
Materials in this #FutureVoter toolkit contain the #FutureVoter voter registration QR Code, link to online registration for Washington voters, 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 | Washington Office of the Secretary of State
- Printable Voter Registration Forms (23 languages) | Washington Office of the Secretary of State
- Online Registration
Voter Guide for Hispanic and Latino/a Students
Voting is a critical aspect of political engagement for Hispanic and Latino/a students. Use this guide to gain more knowledge about the issues that matter. According to 2021 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic and Latino/a community makes up 18.5% of the U.S. population, accounting for the second largest ethnic group in the country.
Visit the Voter Guide for Hispanic and Latino/a Students | Best Colleges
This guide by Vanesha McGee, M.Ed. with advice from Louis DeSipio, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, addresses voting statistics, voter issues, and provides additional voter resources.
K-12 Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials
In the Classroom: Temperance and Good Citizenship Day | Washington Secretary of State video explaining the purpose and function of Temperance and Good Citezenship Day
Washington Civics Education Organizations | Washington Secretary of State
Teaching Elections in Washington State | Washington Secretary of State elementary, middle, and high school lessons about elections, voting, and initiatives
Request Paper Copy | 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
Election Day | National Constitution Center
Each collection of Learning Materials on our Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition contains video lessons and recordings of previous Scholar Exchanges, plus links to podcasts, blog posts, Interactive Constitution essays, and more.
Elections | Bill of Rights Institute
Elections have consequences. They decide who holds power and therefore the laws that we live under. But they also reflect principles of federalism and consent of the governed, as well as the complexity of the American system.
Voting and Elections | Resources for a Civil Classroom | Learning For Justice
The United States is a diverse democracy. That means that each election and policy debate engages a diverse electorate as well as the hearts and minds of students. In K–12 education, it is critically important that students learn about voting and elections, and develop the civic competencies to fully engage in the democratic process—whether that is at the community, local, state or national level.
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.
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.
Growing Voters | Lesley University
Hands-on classroom activities and lesson plans on electioneering, campaigning, and voting.
We the Voters | PBS Education & We the Voters
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
Shining a Light on Campaign Finance
The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2022, marking a half century of informing the public about campaign finances and the financial affairs of public officials and candidates for public office in Washington state.
The PDC regulates candidate and campaign reporting for state and local elections, and interprets and enforces state campaign finance and disclosure laws.
There is a wealth of information about who donates to candidates, how much is given and how the money is spent -- all available to the public on the Public Disclosure Commission website.
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- Student image by Allison Shelley for EDUimage | CC BY NC
- The Washington Social Studies Learning Standards by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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