Reading Roll Call – June 22, 2020 – What You Need to Know About Voting – and Why

Reading Roll Call is a classroom activity I conduct with my students at the beginning of every week to see what they are independently reading. I always share the title of a book that I am reading to model participation and showcase the lifelong commitment to reading that I’ve made.

The Reading Roll Call idea stems from Donalyn Miller‘s book Reading in the Wild. I have adapted the activity and idea into blog form to track my reading progress on a weekly basis. Happy Reading!

With the 2020 Election looming in the future, all of the yard signs popping up, and my application to vote via mail recently arriving, I figured it was time to do a little research into who will be on the ballot in August and November.

Besides the obvious race, there are state and local races that I like to be in the know about before I cast my vote. What You Need to Know About Voting – and Why has been an amazing companion to my recent quest for information. It has also been a wonderful review of how and why we vote and the history behind the voting process.

What You Need to Know About Voting – and Why is turning out to be a quick read. Kim Wehle makes the information easy and accessible to read about which is refreshing. Most of my government classes in high school and college were not as thrilling.

From the Back of the Book

“Nothing is more important to the health of a democracy than the right to vote. Yet less than half of eligible voters routinely show up to the polls. Part of the problem is that the basics of the process we use to choose our elected leaders remain shrouded in mystery for many Americans.

In What You Need to Know About Voting – And Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kim Wehle unravels that mystery, offering practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future.

What is a primary? How does the electoral college work? Who gets to cast a ballot and why? Wehle answers these questions and more in a clear, engaging, and conversational tone. From where and how to register in the various states to how to change your registration when you move, this indispensable book outlines the necessary steps to become an active participant in the electoral process.

For new voters, would-be voters, young people looking ahead to the next election, and those seeking citizenship, What You Need to Know About Voting – and Why is a timely and informative guide, providing the background you need in order to make informed choices that will shape our shared destiny for decades to come.”

Note: I received this book free of cost as an Olive Influencer of Harper Perennial.

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