Social Studies - 2019-20

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.

Adopted: 2015


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?


Analyzing trends among voter turnout provides data on the outcome of election results and potentially influences future campaigns


Influences on voter turnout 

 Campaign issues 

 Candidates 

 Political efficacy 

 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.


Updated: Jul 28, 2017