Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!
In the 2016 American election, only 61% of all adults voted. Does this matter? Why?
Read about the different people below. For each person, decide whether their reason is a “can’t vote” or a “won’t vote”.
Which is the strongest reason to not vote? Which are the ones you agree with or disagree with the most?
What about in the rest of the world? What are the rules in other countries?
answers: 1) Saudi Arabia 2) Belgium 3) North Korea 4) Brazil 5) Australia
- Do you think these rules are fair?
- Who has the power in each country?
- Do any examples show a change in where the power lies?
- Is anything surprising about the timeline?
- How does preventing a person from voting make them less powerful? What about a whole group of people?
- Is it ever right to take away someone’s power to vote?
Who can't vote in America today?
For each group, see if you can give one reason why they SHOULD be able to vote and one reason why they SHOULDN'T be allowed to vote. Which argument is stronger?
CHALLENGE: do the people really have the power?
Over to you!
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