Informed Voting Introduction
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Time needed to complete this module: 15 minutes
By the time you complete this lesson, you should be able to:
Students will categorize and contextualize sources based on format and purpose.
Students will use indicators of credibility to evaluate source
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Voting in local, state, and national elections is essential to participating in the democratic process, but educating yourself on the issues and candidates can feel overwhelming in the era of media oversaturation. Media oversaturation simply means that many of our lives are filled with large amounts of media, ranging from email to blogs to social media to podcasts to streaming services. According to a Pew Research Center survey, “Overall, 85% of Americans say they go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 31% who report going online almost constantly, as well as 48% who say they go online several times a day and 6% who go online about once a day.” Sorting through and processing so much information can be challenging.
There are also obstacles to becoming an informed voter:
- feeling like your vote does not matter
- lack of time and energy to devote to research
- uncertainty about where to look and who to trust
However, there are steps you can take to become an informed voter and many resources to make that process easier.
*About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (2021) https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/03/26/about-three-in-ten-u-s-adults-say-they-are-almost-constantly-online/