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high school voting project

 
Voting Project

Students are asked to research the choices that will appear on the ballot for the voting district in which they live. Students create a one-page sheet that details their votes on the issues along with the reasons. Students then analyze their votes in light of the Bishop's statement and the principles of Catholic social teaching.

Objectives

  • Each student is to research the choices that will appear on the ballot for the voting district in which s/he lives.
  • Each student is to create a one-page sheet detailing his/her votes with the reasons why they voted as they did.
  • Each student is then challenged to consider election choices in light of the Bishop's statement and in light of Catholic social teaching.

Assignment

  • Consult with local resources to establish which choices will appear on your ballot. Your local board of elections, newspapers, League of Women Voters, etc., may all be of help to you. Feel free to ask your parents, relatives, or older siblings to help you.
  • You are to write or type the following information at the top of your sheet: your name, address, voting district, and county of residence.
  • You are to list your choices and provide two compelling reasons for each of your votes. Be sure to include elections for city/village, and county offices as well as ballot initiatives.
  • Complete the assignment by noting how themes from Faithful Citizenship or the themes of Catholic social teaching helped guide your votes.


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