Ballot Initiatives Expand Voting Rights

Social Justice
Voting Ballot


Grade Level:
High School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language
Social Justice

Voting rights were on the ballot in the 2018 midterm elections, with several states enacting ballot initiatives to expand voting rights. These initiatives include rules about redistricting, same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration and restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies. While voting restrictions and suppression have negatively impacted people’s ability to vote in recent years, these measures expand voting rights in some states.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about ballot initiatives in general, reflect on voting rights ballot measures enacted during the 2018 midterm elections, read primary and secondary sources on specific ballot initiatives and write their own ballot initiative to expand voting rights.

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