Learn About the Democratic Process on National Voter Registration Day!
Tuesday, September 28th is National Voter Registration Day across the United States of America.
First observed in 2012, this holiday celebrates civic participation in America’s democratic process and provides greater voter registration opportunities for people across our country — especially those who may not otherwise register to vote. Volunteers and organizations nationwide distribute ballot initiative information, help citizens register for the first time or update their registration information, explain early voting options and more. Nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on this holiday to date!
National Voter Registration Day is also a great opportunity to introduce the topic of civic participation and elections to young children, while giving greater context and insight to young adults. Keep scrolling for activities, videos, discussion prompts and lesson plans to teach about the importance of voting, voters rights across the nation, and how those rights have changed and evolved over the decades.
Did you know, according to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans aren’t registered to vote. Don’t wait — register to vote this September!
Grades 9-12 Learn about voter rights, including why voter identification (voter ID) laws disproportionately impact minority voters, in this media gallery from FRONTLINE: Ballot Watch. The videos also describe protections under the Voting Right Act and explain the effects of the Supreme Court case ruling in Shelby v. Holder.
Grades 9-12 Examine data about the voting rights laws that most impact Americans’ access to the ballot box and how they’ve changed across the country in recent years, in this interactive from FRONTLINE: Ballot Watch. Voting laws influence who can vote and when and how they cast their ballots. This interactive provides a state-by-state analysis of voting laws as they pertain to early voting, felons, absentee voting, and voter ID requirements. It compares the situation in 2010, when many states began introducing more restrictive voter bills, to that in 2014.