Zealand curriculum framework
How to use the worksheets
How to participate
11: Voting procedure
different types of voting procedures
- How you can
influence policy on issues that affect you by voting:
- For your
representative on the School Council;
- By becoming
informed about the Electoral process and the need to be 'informed
and responsible participants'.
the secret ballot
Get from your
local Post Shop an electoral enrolment form. Discuss who can vote
in the national elections. Outline the voting procedure under MMP.
Make a class enrolment card for a mock school election (adapt from
the official one) and ask students to complete it.
Divide into four
groups and carry out different tasks
- Take enrolment
cards and make up an electorate list e.g. name, address, date of
birth, class, etc. of those in class.
- Set up a
voting card with names of candidates standing and clear instructions
as to how to vote (e.g: tick, cross, line through name, etc).
- Set up voting
booth with table electoral officer and class list. Remember that
it is a secret vote, but that everyone must check that their name
is on the roll before they can vote.
- Those standing
for office prepare posters, pamphlets, etc.
Hold a class
Using the class
roll, and with students presenting 'enrolment cards' to be checked
against it, students are given a voting card, make their vote, and
place it in a ballot box.
officer' (the teacher?) counts the votes and announces the result.
Write up a report
for School Council, and school magazine.
- Do you use
different styles of writing for these?
- What are they?
- Who can vote
in School Council elections?
- Given what
you have learned from your class election, do you feel more confident
about voting for your school representative on the School Council?