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Elections and Voting
Guide: Elections and Voting

These resources highlight the U.S. voting and election systems. A selection of documents, images, reference entries, and other sources support students' exploration of the role voting plays in electing public officials in the United States. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • A government's structure determines how political parties will form and operate
  • Political parties strongly influence the operation of democratic governments
  • Media, public opinion, and policy are interrelated in a democracy
  • The type of media a public consumes influences their understanding of policy and government action
  • Interest groups can be both an effective citizen tool for expression and, if too powerful, a threat to democracy
  • Voting rules and regulations affect election outcomes
  • Interpreting campaign contributions as free speech allows those with money greater access to lawmakers

Key Questions

  • Identify three different types of elections and explain how each type of election specifically influences the American political process.
  • What are two things that negatively impact political participation in the United States? Do you believe these problems can be addressed?


  1. Overview: Elections and Voting
  2. Visuals: Elections and Voting (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Transcript: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Types of Elections
  7. Lesson: 2-How Voting Works
  8. Lesson: 3-Voter Turnout
  9. Lesson: 4-Voting around the World
  10. Lesson: Closing
  11. Key Question: Young Voters
  12. Background Essay: Young Voters (Background Essay)
  13. Dilemma Perspective: Young Voters (Perspective 1)
  14. Dilemma Perspective: Young Voters (Perspective 2)
  15. Dilemma Perspective: Young Voters (Perspective 3)
  16. Doing More: Doing More
  17. Photos & Illustrations: Presidential Election Process
  18. Photos & Illustrations: Voting: 19th century polling place
  19. Photos & Illustrations: Voting: paper ballots
  20. Reference Articles: Presidential Elections
  21. Reference Articles: Voter Turnout
  22. Reference Articles: Voter Identification
  23. Political, Government & Court Documents: Help America Vote Act: Title III (2002)
  24. Political, Government & Court Documents: Voting Rights Act (1965)

MLA Citation

"Elections and Voting." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2156184. Accessed 23 Aug. 2019.

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Entry ID: 2156184

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