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Section 2: Institutional and Technical Processes of Voting

Voting and Ballot Technology
Primary/general elections & referendums
  • Types of Elections (Boundless—contains glossary of terms, explains primary versus general elections, as well as referendums and recalls)
  • The Electoral Process (icivics.org—teachers need to set up a free account to access resources for this lesson plan; includes information on primaries, caucuses and general elections, as well as an explanation of the Electoral College)
Voting systems
  • Mock Legislative Hearing lesson plan 
    • On the ballot this November : There is a referendum on the ballot that would change our state’s constitution to allow legislators the flexibility to enact some of these methods of voting. Assume that the referendum passes. Students will be testifying about whether to enact changes such as no-excuse absentee voting, early voting or vote-by-mail. They can also testify not to change anything by supporting leaving current voting laws in place.
Background information:
Institutional Process- Court cases that have changed processes and policies regarding voting and voter registration
Shelby County v. Holder

For more information, please email whyvotingmatters@ct.gov.

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