These guidelines are also found on our Promote the Vote Patch Program flyer! To earn your patch, complete 3 of the options under “Discover,” 2 of the options under “Connect,” and 1 of the options under “Take Action.” And when you’re finished, complete the Promote the Vote Report Form to receive your very own Promote the Vote patch! And wear it proudly.
Discover: Learn about voting, suffrage, and elections.
Complete three activities or discussions from the following list.
- Have you ever been to a voting booth? Find out what voters do in a voting booth.
- What does it mean to vote? Is it important? Why or why not?
- Does voting make you a good neighbor?
- Ask a female adult about their first time voting. Whom did they vote for and why?
- Learn about the local and national campaigns for women’s suffrage.
- Why were some people were opposed to women voting?
- Learn the definition of civil disobedience and research examples.
- Learn who represents you in the United States Congress and how to contact them to express your opinion on an issue important to you.
- Learn about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. How do they connect to suffrage?
Connect: Learn to your community.
Complete two activities or discussions from the following list.
- Do the adults you know vote? Ask them why or why not?
- Educate yourself on the importance of voting and civic engagement.
- Find out where a voting location is in your community.
- Learn about your elected officials in your community. Who are your local officials—mayor school board member, city council member? Who are your state officials—governor, state senator, and state representative? Who are your national officials—United States president, senator, and representative?
Take Action: Share your knowledge and promote the vote!
Complete one activity from the following list.
- Think about what is important to your town or community and create a one-minute talk and a poster to teach others about why it is important to vote on your issue. Your issue might be recycling, literacy/reading, protecting animals, the environment, or homelessness, for instance.
- Create a public service announcement about the importance of voting using audio, visual, or written mediums and present it to others. You can create a song using a familiar tune, make a mini-movie, or write a newspaper article or blog.
- Select a local issue that will be voted on in an upcoming election and think of ways you can educate others about it or write a letter to your elected official about this issue. Don’t know how to write a letter to an elected official? Check out The Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act project, which gives you lots of hints about how to do it! If you want to write to your elected official about a different issue, just change those parts but keep the same format.