Social Studies - 2017-18
GOVT.6f - Amendments Extending Suffrage
The student will apply social science skills to understand local, state, and national elections by
f) analyzing voter turnout in local, state, and national elections.
Big Themes/Concepts: Democracy, Politics, Political Systems
The strength of a democracy is equal to the strength of its citizens.
Political parties are designed to connect people to the government and preserve the sovereignty of citizens in a democracy.
In what ways should people participate in public affairs?
Does the two-party system help or harm democracy?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Analyzing trends among voter turnout
provides data on the outcome of
election results and potentially
influences future campaigns
Influences on voter turnout
Voter attitudes toward government
Voter loyalty to political parties
Competitive and noncompetitive races
Education, age, and income are important factors in predicting which citizens will vote.
More citizens vote in presidential elections than in state, local, and other national contests.
Voter turnout can be limited when voters believe their vote has little impact.
Voter apathy, dissatisfaction, and failure to meet voting requirements can contribute to a decline in voting.