Social Studies - 2019-20
CE.5e - History and Requirements of Voter Registration
The student will apply social science skills to understand the political process at the local, state, and national levels of government by
e) examining the history of and requirements for voter registration, and participating in simulated local, state, and/or national elections;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Through legislation and constitutional amendments, different American citizens have been granted the right to vote at different times.
Voting is a basic responsibility of citizenship.
Voter registration is required before a citizen may vote.
Legislation and constitutional amendments
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Only citizens who register may participate in primary and general elections.
Qualifications to register to vote in Virginia
Citizen of the United States
Resident of Virginia and precinct
At least 18 years of age by day of general election
How to register to vote in Virginia
In person at the registrar’s office
By mail (application obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, public libraries, state/local government offices, or other designated locations)
Voter registration is closed 22 days before elections.
Factors in predicting which citizens will vote
The percentage of voters who participate in presidential elections is usually greater than the percentage of voters who participate in state and local elections.
Reasons why citizens fail to vote
Lack of interest (in candidates or issues)
Failure to register
Belief that vote does not count or will have no impact
No time or too busy
Every vote is important.
Students can participate in the democratic process by
participating in campaigns
participating in classroom and online simulations.