America's Voting Patchwork

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary Source
Date Posted: 8/18/2008

Because the Constitution gives the states the job of running elections, voting in the United States has developed into a patchwork of manual, mechanical, and electronic balloting. A variety of voting methods over the course of American history are addressed in this section of the online exhibition Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  Also discussed are the purposes and functions of the Electoral College and the US Electoral Commission.

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Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

World History Standards (Grades 5-12)

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