starter activity Why does voting matter to people living in new democracies?
Why are elections central to democracy? Aims To discuss the reasons why elections are important To identify the different types of elections held in the UK
Your task • Your teacher will give you a series of statements about elections in the UK. Decide if they are true of false. If they are false, see if you can correct them.
Your task • Study the information in Watts, p.41 and note down types of elections held in the UK. If you can, note the type of voting system used.
Your task • There are two principal types of electoral systems, majoritarian and proportional. Note down the characteristics of each one, using Watts, p.42-3
General elections, by-elections, European elections, local elections … are there just too many different types of elections and too many different voting systems in use in the UK? Read p.43 and discuss with your partner
Plenary • Which of these statements most accurately describes the electoral system in the UK? Explain your choice. • It produces a representative government • It produces coalition governments • It accurately reflects the mood swings in the country.
Homework • Read p.44-6 and create a scales chart recording the strengths and weaknesses of FPTP