Why Should I Vote?



USG.11 Citizenship. The student understands the role of political parties in the U.S. system of government. The student is expected to:

  1. explain the two-party system and evaluate the role of third parties in the United States

USG.14 Citizenship. The student understands the difference between personal and civic responsibilities. The student is expected to:

  1. understand the responsibilities, duties, and obligations of citizenship such as being well informed about civic affairs, serving in the military, voting, serving on a jury, observing the laws, paying taxes, and serving the public good;
  2. understand the voter registration process and the criteria for voting in elections.

USG.15 Citizenship. The student understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the U.S. constitutional republic. The student is expected to:

  1. analyze the effectiveness of various methods of participation in the political process at local, state, and national levels;
  1. understand the factors that influence an individual’s political attitudes and actions.

ACGM Student Learning Outcomes

GOVT 2305/2306. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  2. Analyze the election process
  3. Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics


Module 1 surveys common perceptions about voting and the effects of non-participation in the voting process. Topics covered include voter turnout rates in different types of elections and in different segments of the population, and the impact of voter turnout on election results and the impact of voter turnout to guide future policies.

Grade Level

Higher Ed

Essential Question

Why Should I Vote?


  1. Identify reasons some people do not vote. (Level 1)
  2. Compare trends in voter turnout in federal, state, and local elections, and among different segments of the population in Texas. (Level 2)
  3. Explain why politicians are more likely to act on issues affecting populations with higher turnout rates. (Level 3)
  4. Identify issues of particular importance to young voters that elected officials can influence. (Level 1)


Reading Assignment links – Choose one or more options:

Student Handouts:

  • Voter Survey Questions
  • Voter Survey Data