"To Vote or Not to Vote"
To Vote or Not to Vote Lesson 3 of 5 You are now going to think about cause and effect relationships. First you’ll discuss with your group and then write down your thoughts. ACTIVITY 1 Explore Cause and Effect Discuss cause and effect relationships of voting or not voting. If the majority of people don’t vote, what is the likely impact on the following? 1. The democratic ideals of the U.S. Government? 2. The way we make, apply, and enforce laws? 3. What our government does? 4. Guaranteeing the rights of all citizens? 5. What it means to be a good citizen? ACTIVITY 2 Clarify Through Writing Make a chart like the one below on a piece of paper large enough so you have room to write. Issue What would be the likely What would be the effect effect on the issue if the on the issue if the majority of people didn’t majority of people did vote? vote? The key democratic ideals of our country The traits of responsible citizenship Elected officials make our laws Our form of government Individual rights and responsibilities The rights and responsibilities of other people School funding Road maintenance Public safety 66127af8-0217-4c0a-a8a6-9cb580792150.doc 2008- 1 - Office of the Secretary of State www.vote.wa.gov