Battleground States –
A Tug-of-War for Hearts, Minds, Votes
Overview and Process
Your students will have two distinct roles:
A) They’ll live and vote in one of the five Battleground States (BGS)
B) They’ll do a limited number of standard election activities
a) Create a campaign theme/slogan
b) Give speeches and answer questions at the Audience Forum
c) Do phone-banking and emailing
d) Take polls
e) Use social media tools
f) Create radio and TV ads
g) Do Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities
On Election Day, your students vote in their assigned states. Then, using the forms and the Excel spreadsheet provided, you will be able to calculate the Electoral College (EC) and Popular votes.
In the four elections this century (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012), five state have essentially determined who became president. In this fast-paced simulation, you and your student simulate this process and maybe even predict who will win in 2016! Those five states are the focus of this simulation.