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Worksheet 13: The voting process

How the electoral process works at the local level

Class discussion

Using the School Council voting exercise what are the steps you need to go through to ensure that your vote is counted?

  • Enrolment;
  • Checking that you are on the electoral roll;
  • Voting procedure.


  • Check whether some adults you know are on the electoral roll.
  • Where can you find the local electoral roll?
  • Where can you get the enrolment card so adults you know can fill it in?
  • Where do you send the enrolment card? By when?
  • Do you known an adult who should fill in the electoral registration card?

Extension exercises

Take an opinion poll in your electorate to see what a sample of local voters think are the issues affecting them.

  • Design a questionnaire.
  • Make a random selection of people on the electoral roll to interview.
  • Interview the people you selected.
  • Write a report on the results.
  • Ask the local radio or other media to publish your findings.


  • What do MPs and Electorate Secretaries do?
  • Ask your MP or their Electorate Secretary what issues they have helped local people to solve.
  • How can you find your MP and Electorate Secretary?

Organise a campaign meeting at your school so local people can discuss local issues with local candidates.
Who are your local candidates for an election in your area this year?

Worksheet visuals around which activities could be suggested:.
Snakes and ladders; the decision tree.

For further reference
See also:

What MPs do.
Electing Parliament


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