Behind the News: Preferential Voting

Click on the link below to watch the story “Preferential Voting”. Then answer the questions in your workbook.

  1. What was the main point of the story?
  2. What is the `First past the post’ voting system?
  3. When people go to the polls to vote, they number each candidate in order of _______________.
  4. How many votes does a politician need to get to win their seat?
  5. In your own words, describe preferential voting.
  6. Minor parties often do deals with major parties to give them ______________.
  7. Why do political parties hand out how to vote cards?
  8. Why are elections an important part of democracy?
  9. Do you think it is important for young people to understand the voting system? Why or why not?
  10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

How could we use preferential voting at school? Leave your response as a comment.

2 thoughts on “Behind the News: Preferential Voting

  1. Dear 5M,

    We use preferential voting at school by choosing School Captains, the JEC and the JSC.

    Sincerely, Lizzy 🙂

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