Electoral College: Does My Vote Count?

How can a candidate get the most votes, yet still lose the race for the presidency? This is has happened more than once in American history, including in the elections of 2000 and 2016. Using an activity for creating group notes, young scholars consider the pros and cons of the peculiar way America elects its president. Extension activities include thought-provoking discussions and the option of emailing members of Congress about whether the system should change. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a set of group notes using readings about the Electoral College
  • Use discussion to evaluate the arguments for and against the Electoral College using the Election of 2000 as an example
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson includes options for resources that are highly partisan and may be problematic or require context to use in the classroom
Pros
  • Method for taking notes builds skills
  • Lesson includes provoking questions that help students discover the relevance of the Electoral College
Cons
  • Resource contains ureliable sources, such as Wikipedia, for reference