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While provisions of the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act continue to guarantee equal voting rights, a fundamental question remains: do all citizens enjoy equal access to the ballot box? Anecdotally, we know that not everyone has equal access, yet where do these differences exist spatially, are there trends, and how can students make an impact? This overarching lesson plan creates a set of lessons for students to determine a list of vote location characteristics, collect data at the polls, and analyze the data to answer these questions, opening the doors to many more questions as well. Included in the lesson plans are a sample survey, steps for selecting voting locations, and questions for analysis.


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The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in The Geography Teacher in 2020 at

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Brianne Gilbert & Max Dunsker (2020) Mapping (In)Equity at the Polls, The Geography Teacher, 17:4, 145-150, DOI: 10.1080/19338341.2020.1830295

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