Source Link: Films on Demand
From Films on Demand: "Why should I vote? Does my vote count? This program addresses these questions and reinforces the importance of voting to the political process. The program begins with a history of voting, and the struggles of women and African-Americans to gain voting rights. It then offers examples of close elections. Students are encouraged to consider how history might have been changed if the outcomes had been different. Instructions on how to vote, how to register, absentee voting, and how to use a voting machine are presented. Both primary and general elections are discussed on the local, state, and national levels, as well as referendums and votes on constitutional amendments. Students learn how to critically evaluate candidates based on their positions, experience, and other factors. A Cambridge Educational Production.
Source Link: YouTube
On March 15, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson's speech before Congress called for a passing of a bill that would expand and protect the voting rights of all American citizens, especially the voting rights of citizens of color. This speech came one week after "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama.
On August 4, 1965, the US Senate passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Johnson signed it into law two days later.
You can view Johnson's March 15th speech above, titled "The American Promise."
Source Link: Films on Demand
From Films on Demand: "This film offers an unprecedented insider's look as events unfolded over the 11 days preceding the 2004 presidential election. By The People: Democracy In The Wild reveals who and what it takes to put on an American election. This behind-the-scenes documentary follows average Americans as they race to get the polls open on Election Day. After witnessing their struggle to uphold the most basic aspect of democracy, viewers will never again take the right to vote for granted."
Inform your vote!
Check out these resources to learn how to educate yourself on the ballot you give your vote to.
From website: "Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process":
From website: "BallotReady is on a mission to make democracy work the way it should by helping voters across the U.S. exercise their right to vote and vote informed on every race and measure on their ballot. BallotReady provides personalized, nonpartisan information to voters in all 50 states. In addition, BallotReady helps voters make a plan to vote safely, through early voting and vote-by-mail, based on the process in every jurisdiction. BallotReady helps impassioned voters scale their impact and get out the vote with tools for SuperVoters and BallotParties."
From website: "Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality in our content; here's why."