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1
Join VERA 2008
Voter Education, Registration and Action
http//www.nelrc.org/VERA
VERA IS Sponsored by the NE Literacy Resource
Center out of World Education, Boston MA
2
Preparing Adult Learners to Vote in the 2008
Election
  • Welcome and Todays Agenda
  • What does voting make you think of?
  • What is VERA?
  • What are some VERA strategies that have worked in
    the past?
  • Why Vote? A classroom activity
  • What questions do you have?
  • Evaluation

3
Workshop Objectives
  • Participants will
  • clarify their thinking about voter education as
    part of ABE, GED, ESOL curriculum
  • learn how to implement 2 classroom activities
  • learn about voter motivation and education
    practices that have been successful in other
    programs
  • 4. become familiar with New Englands
    non-partisan Voter Education, Registration and
    Action campaign

4
What is VERA?
  • The VERA goal is to educate adult learners about
    voting and the topical electoral issues, and
    mobilize them to vote in the November 4, 2008
    elections.
  • Non-partisan - we do not endorse any candidates.
  • A six-state regional effort sponsored by the New
    England Literacy resource Center.
  • Each state has 1-2 organizers.

5
Why Bother?
  • Your Vote is Your Voice!
  • Adult learners well-being is profoundly affected
    by the outcomes of elections and of current
    public policy debates.
  • Yet, it is sometimes difficult for adult learners
    to participate in elections and engage in public
    debates.
  • Adult educators can play an important role
    helping to increase voter turn-out.
  • Teachable moment that develops critical thinking
    skills, teaches social studies content and
    prepares students to explore advocacy and civic
    participation.

6
Voting is . . .
  • essential for . . .
  • similar to . . .
  • opposite of
  • logical extension of . . .
  • a potential problem for . . .
  • ______________ because . . .

7
Teaching about voting is . . .
  • connected to . . .
  • like . . .
  • unlike . . .
  • problematic because . . .
  • important because . . .
  • __________ because . . .

8
  • Who here has already done voter ed or
    registration activities with adult learners as
    part of an instructional program?
  • What has worked particularly well?

9
Study the Issues
  • Watch a video about an issue that is important to
    students and discuss it, and which level of
    government has primary responsibility for it.
  • Have students write letters to candidates about
    issues that are important to them.
  • Have students watch the presidential debates as
    homework and discuss them in class.
  • Study political cartoons in class.
  • Create a bulletin board with newspaper clippings
    and comments about election issues.

10
Learn about the Voting Process
  • Arrange a trip to the Board of Elections or Town
    Clerk to view voting machines and try them out.
  • Hold a mock election (try to get real ballots
    from your local election committee).
  • Invite writing and open discussion about
    students reluctance to vote, alienation, and
    sense of powerlessness.
  • Make graphs of past voter turnout in your state,
    region or local area.

11
Learn about U.S. Politics
  • Discuss different political parties in the U.S.
    and review their official Web sites.
  • Invite different speakers to class from groups
    like the League of Women Voters, The Secretary of
    State, the Elections Commission.
  • Collect and analyze literature and ads from
    different political campaigns.
  • Compare the U.S. political system to those of
    other countries. Start with your students home
    countries.

12
Register Voters
  • Organize a program Voter Awareness Night.
  • Set up an election booth so people can practice
    voting.
  • Encourage students to register themselves and
    others from their families and communities.
  • Hold a workshop for teachers and volunteers on
    how to register to vote.
  • Attend a local voter registration drive.

13
Get Out the Vote!
  • Have your class present information on voting and
    elections to other classes.
  • Encourage your students to get to the polls on
    Election Day. Consider offering your Election Day
    class time as a time when your students can go
    out and vote.
  • Recruit other programs to participate in the VERA
    campaign.

14
Talk about the Election Results
  • Make a Wall of Voters in your classroom or
    building where you can put up the photos of all
    the students who actually voted.
  • Make graphs of election results in your local
    area.
  • Stay in contact with the elected officials and
    hold them accountable for their campaign promises.

15
  • What goods and services have you and your family
    used that are paid
  • by tax dollars?
  • List as many thing as you can think of in 15
    minutes. Share your list.

16
If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't drive on paved streets or highways.
  • Don't call 911.
  • Don't send your children to public schools.
  • Don't attend a state university.
  • Don't expect a social security payment.
  • Don't let Medicare pay your bills if you are over
    65 or disabled.
  • Don't call the police when you get robbed.
  • Don't use the US Post Office, send all your
    letters via FedEx or UPS.
  • Don't visit national parks or hike in national
    forests.
  • Don't eat USDA inspected meat, cheese, eggs or
    produce.
  • Excerpted from www.buzzflash.com

17
If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't take any medications tested and approved by
    the FDA.
  • Don't drink, bath or otherwise use the water from
    municipal water systems.
  • Don't expect a unit of measure like a gallon of
    gas to be a full gallon.
  • Don't expect an elevator to work correctly or not
    fall.
  • Don't use the services of a doctor who is
    licensed through the state.
  • Don't expect research into medical problems such
    as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging.
  • Don't use the public library.
  • Don't go to a state university affiliated
    hospital.
  • Don't go to a state university.
  • Don't watch state college sports.
  • Excerpted from www.buzzflash.com

18
If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't ask for a farm subsidy for not growing
    crops.
  • Don't use the court system.
  • Don't call the fire department.
  • Don't expect federal assistance if a natural
    disaster destroys your home or business.
  • Don't expect the military to defend your country.
  • Don't expect convicted criminals to be in prison
    and off your street.
  • Don't get a passport or try to get out of the US
    without a Passport.
  • Don't fly in an airplane that uses air-traffic
    controllers.
  • Don't use currency printed by the US Treasury.
  • Don't use a bank or credit union that insures
    your deposits through the FDIC.
  • Don't go to a beach kept clean by the state.
  • Excerpted from www.buzzflash.com

19
If you don't like paying taxes . . .
  • Don't use public transportation.
  • Don't visit public museums.
  • Don't cross a bridge.
  • Don't use truck stops or public restrooms.
  • Don't expect your tap water to be clean and germ
    free.
  • Don't eat any food transported on roads.
  • Don't expect any workplace safety standards,
    labor laws, or minimum wage.
  • Don't expect highway signs.
  • Don't expect anyone to plow your roads when it
    snows or sweep them when they're dirty.
  • Don't expect your children to be able to ride the
    bus to school.
  • Excerpted from www.buzzflash.com

20
Join VERA 2008
Voter Education, Registration and Action
http//www.nelrc.org/VERA New England VERA
Coordinator Kristen McKenna kpam66_at_gmail.com
VERA IS Sponsored by the New England Literacy
Resource Center at World Education, Boston MA
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