Vermont Votes for Kids: A project of the Vermont Secretary of State
Curriculum Grades 9-12, Student Handout for Lesson 2:
Who's Watching the Ballot Box?
Citizens need to know when they go to the bank to deposit hard-earned funds that their investment is safe. Similarly they need to feel confident when they go to their polling place or send their ballot through the mail, that their hard-won right of suffrage is secure. Their investment in democracy needs to be safe and reliable from the registration process, the counting of ballots, and the contents on the ballot, to the certification of the final results.
Elections Division of the Vermont's Secretary of State plays a vital and ongoing role in safeguarding and enhancing the quality and reliability of the entire election process. This elected office not only serves as the "watchdog" (guardian) of the procedures and results of elections but also strives continually to make voter registration and voting ever more accessible, reliable and efficient. However, each person also plays a vital role and has the responsibility to help protect the integrity of the electoral process by guarding against fraud during voter registration.
You will be asked to get on the Internet and visit the following sites where you will find some of the safeguards in place for parts of the election process.
ONE: THE FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS IN VERMONT
First, go to http://www.sec.state.vt.us/
Click on "Elections," then on "Campaign Finance."
Now, investigate the following:
Navigate to http://www.sec.state.vt.us/
Click on "Voters."
From what you see, answer the following question. What information is available to help Vermonters exercise their right to vote?
THREE: THE 2006 Election
The 2006 elections are approaching. State, local, and national offices will be filled by the votes of the people. How does this system work?
Go to http://www.sec.state.vt.us/. Click on "Primary and General Election Info."
Browse the articles and documents with the goal of finding the answers to these questions:
Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz: http://www.vermontvotesforkids.com