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Lesson: The Economics of Voting: What Do You Mean My Vote Doesn't Count?


The Economics of Voting

Since the 1960's, many Americans eligible to vote have not bothered to do so- not even in presidential elections. Low rates of participation in voting have been worrisome to people interested in preserving our democratic traditions. Economists have tried to explain why people didn't vote. They have suggested that people who chose not to vote were acting rationally in that the costs associated with voting (such as time spent on registration, rearranging work schedules, getting to the polls, and gathering information on the candidates) appeared to outweigh the benefits (influencing the outcome of an election or gaining the satisfaction of being a good citizen). More recently, however, voter-participation rates have gone up again. What has caused the trend to change? Why are more people voting? This lesson will examine factors that affect voter turnout.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 08/28/2009

National Parks: Only You Can Prevent the Coming Crisis

What do you think of when you think of the National Parks System? Do you think of the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the redwoods of Northern California? Or does the serenity of Cape Cod and the Everglades come to mind?

Grades: 9-12
Published: 10/08/1999

Eco-terrorism in Vail, CO

The Earth Liberation front admitted responsibility for blazes set early Monday morning, October 20, 1998 in the ski village of Vail, Colorado. What are some other viewpoints on the Vail expansion and eco-terrorism? Are there other, non-violent means for the Earth Liberation Front to achieve its objectives? How can rewards be used to protect wildlife habitat and endangered species? People's choices have consequences that lie in the future.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 10/26/1998

Related Publications

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Capstone: Exemplary Lessons for High School Economics - Teacher's Guide

This publication contains complete instructions for teaching the lessons in Capstone. When combined with a textbook, Capstone provides activities for a complete high school economics course. 45 exemplary lessons help students learn to apply economic reasoning to a wide range of real-world subjects.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2003

20 out of 45 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

18 out of 40 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: Understanding Economics in Civics and Government

This publication contains 20 lessons designed to provide an economic insight into topics typically covered in may civics and government classes.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2009

8 out of 21 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.