What are some words or ideas that come to mind when you think about voting in elections?
Why do you think it is important for people to exercise their right to vote?
Why might people choose not to vote?
Create a drawing illustrating two reasons why you think people choose not to vote in elections.
Think of 3 reasons why people might decide not to vote.
Why do you think people don't vote?
- They don't HAVE to vote if they don't want to
- A lack of representation may make people not see the point
- They might want to vote but don't understand how to do
- All of these reasons
Using the notes in the next 3 slides, create 3 PEE chains
P -Some people don’t vote because they don’t feel represented. E- Many young people, women and minorities look at the lack of representation in the Scottish Parliament and don’t see people like them so think “why bother”. E- For example, only 45% of MSPs are women.
Lack of Representation
They might not understand how to
P- Some people may not vote because they don’t understand how too. E - The additional member system is quite complicated which might put people off voting or they might make mistakes. E - For example, with AMS you have two votes – one for a person in the constituency and one for the party in the region.
They don't HAVE to vote
Some people don’t vote because they don’t have too. Though almost everyone has the right to vote in Scotland because it is a democracy many people might choose not to vote. For example, turnout for the Scottish Parliament is on average around 50% since 1999 which is low.
Watch the video on the screen and then complete the task on the next slide:
Explain how AMS works in Scotland.
Use your Chromebook to research. HINT - look up mandatory voting the 5050 project issues with AMS
In your jotter write down a solution for each of the reasons why people don't vote.
How confident are you with the content?
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- Completely lost 😫