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        Election Day: Improving Elections in the United States

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, Election Day, which shows the experiences of a number of people in various parts of the United States on Election Day 2004. Classrooms can use this lesson to study how the voting process differs around the country and to discuss issues related to elections administration.

        Election Day: Voter Registration in Ohio (Clip 1 of 5)

        Visit a polling place on election day 2004 and learn about some of the challenges faced by voters.

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        Election Day: Voter Registration in Wisconsin (Clip 2 of 5)

        In Wisconsin, voters can register to vote on election day. Watch an 18-year-old register and cast her ballot.

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        Election Day: Waiting to Vote in Poor and Rich Areas in Missouri (Clip 3 of 5)

        On Election Day 2004, voters in some areas of Missouri waited a long time to vote.

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        Election Day: Lined Up to Vote in Missouri (Clip 4 of 5)

        The Fair Election International's report pointed out that low-income areas of St. Louis had fewer machines and poll workers than wealthier areas in November 2004.

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        Election Day: Tricky Ballot in Illinois (Clip 5 of 5)

        This fifth clip comes from Chicago, Illinois and centers around a kind of paper ballot, in which voters use a tool to punch out a hole next to the candidate they choose. It is associated with the Election Day lesson plan. There are many different types of voting systems and machines in place all over the country. Some voters use lever machines, others use touch screen electronic devices. Why do you think there are so many different types of systems and machines?

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