Mathalicious: Ballot Boxing

Every four years we elect our president. But is the winner determined more by the will of the people or the way we count votes?

In this lesson, students will explore the outcomes of the 2012 and 2000 elections. They’ll calculate how much of the electoral and popular vote each candidate received as a percent, and will reason about the possible impact of third party candidates. Finally, they’ll explore an election under possible alternative voting systems, and will see that how we vote is perhaps more important than whom we vote for.


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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Ratios, Rates & Percents
Social Studies Topics
Government and Political Science
6th Grade

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