Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of State Voting Methods

The History of State Voting Methods

Michael McDonald examined the history of early voting in the United States. He discussed early voting in the 19th Century, absentee voting during the Civil War and the development of modern voting methods.

Description

Michael McDonald examined the history of early voting in the United States. He discussed early voting in the 19th Century, absentee voting during the Civil War and the development of modern voting methods.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Why was early voting common at the beginning of the United States?
  • What problems were caused in 1845 when the number of days people could vote was reduced?
  • How did the idea of absentee ballots develop? What were initial restrictions to this?
  • How did western states experiment with methods of voting in the 20th century?
  • What did eastern states contribute to how people vote?
  • What could be complications with having states with different methods of voting? What are benefits of it?
  • Why do you think states have the authority over voting and elections?

Additional Resources

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Absentee Ballot
  • Ballot
  • Civil War
  • Courthouse
  • Early Voting
  • Election
  • Mail Ballot
  • Same-day Registration

Topics

Campaigns & ElectionsU.S. History

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity