Can voter engagement be improved through digital participation?

Can voter engagement be improved through digital participation?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will investigate the process of electronic voting. Does it give more opportunity for people to take part in democracy or is it more restrictive? We will explore a case study to consider how digital voting has worked in another European country and consider how different people may find this helps them to become more politically engaged.


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5 Questions

What is digital citizenship?
Being part of an online world where you live as a different person or citizen
Citizens have digital identification cards as proof they are citizens of a country
Knowing how to stay safe online
Correct answer: The ability of citizens to make critical use of information, technology and the internet to participate actively in communities and democracy
What is a right?
Correct answer: Something everybody is entitled to, for example food and shelter
Something I really want like a new mobile phone or a computer games console
Something you are given by an adult who allows you to do a certain action, eg the right to stay out late
The opposite of a wrong
Which of these rights does NOT link to digital citizenship?
Correct answer: The right not to be a slave
The right to an identity
The right to data protection
The right to privacy
What is E-Voting
Voting for things that begin with E in a competition
Voting on a game show
Voting on the E! television channel
Correct answer: Voting using a digital method, not on a piece of paper
Which country is famous for successfully using E - Voting?
Correct answer: Estonia

5 Questions

How often does a General Election take place?
Each year
Correct answer: Every five years, or before if parliament agree
When the government decide it is time
When the people want a new leader
True or false? Voting is not important really as politics doesn't affect our lives that much.
Correct answer: False
Which of these is an example of somebody who is disengaged from politics?
Attending local council meetings
Joining a political campaign
Not buying a newspaper
Correct answer: Not registering to vote
Which TWO of the following are reasons people may NOT take part in digital democracy?
Correct answer: They do not have the technology
They do not have time
Correct answer: They do not know how to use the technology
They never take part in democracy
What percentage of Estonian voters cast their votes using E - Voting?
Correct answer: 30%

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UnitCitizenship / Can digital democracy increase political participation?