Classroom guide: Ranked-choice voting and trust in elected officials
In this podcast episode hosts Anna Brown and Mike Dunbar explain the concept of ranked-choice voting and discuss whether it might lead to more trust in government officials.
Podcast includes 12 minutes on the topic of ranked-choice voting, 5 additional minutes of "fun facts" about the history of New Hampshire’s presidential primary.
- Trust and legitimacy in representative forms of government
- SS:WH:8:1.1: Explore how leaders have attempted to achieve political legitimacy using methods and rationales, e.g., the Divine Right of Kings, military power, or popular elections. (Themes: E: Cultural Development, Interaction, and Change, H: Individualism, Equality and Authority)
- SS:CV:8:1.2: Analyze the major arguments for and against representative government as distinguished from direct democracy, and discuss how, in a representative democracy, minority rights are protected. (Themes: B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement, E: Cultural Development, Interaction, and Change, H: Individualism, Equality and Authority)
- The impact of a small number of votes in elected governments
- SS:CV:8:4.1: Describe and analyze ways Americans can effectively participate in civic and political life at the local, state, and federal levels, e.g., problem solving, public engagement, or voting. (Themes: A: Conflict and Cooperation, B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement, J: Human Expression and Communication)
- SS:CV:12:4.1: Demonstrate responsible practices within the political process, e.g., registering to vote or taking civic action. (Themes: B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement)
- What is ranked-choice voting? How does it differ from traditional voting?
- Why might New Hampshire choose to enact ranked-choice voting?
- What kinds of candidates would benefit from a switch to ranked choice voting?
- What are some potential unintended consequences of switching to ranked choice voting?
- How might switching to ranked choice voting give Granite Staters more trust in their government officials?
- Do you support ranked-choice voting in New Hampshire? Why or why not?