Lesson Plan

Voter Turnout in the 21st Century

Low Angle View of People Lined Up to Vote


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GRADE LEVEL: High School

What Needs to Change to Increase Voter Turnout?

After every election, regardless of the outcome, people wonder how many people showed up at the polls to vote. The number is never as high as people would like, especially during midterm elections. In the 2016 Presidential election, 60.1% of the population eligible to vote showed up to the polls. During the midterm elections in 2018, only 50.3% of those eligible voted. While thousands of dollars are spent marketing the importance of voting, a large percent of eligible voters do not go to the polls.

About the Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn about strategies and practices for increasing voter turnout by making it more accessible. Students will then create their own plan of action for increasing voter turnout.


D2. Civ.9.9-12


Create a plan and action to increase voter turnout.