Election Day on nursing homes,
long-term care facilities and even short-term care facilities
can provide opportunities for political discussions and exchange
of ideas. Its a time when residents can be registered to vote,
taken to polling sites, and express their political voice. For
those residents that can't go out to vote, absentee ballots
should be obtained. Here's a game that can be played prior to
or on election day.
The POLL TAKING
Pass out a mock BALLOT to each
of the residents. Here's an example:
Presidential Race: Bush, Clinton, Brown, Perot
Governor's Race: Caperton, Pritt, Palombo
1) Gun Control:
Should there be stricter laws YES NO DON'T CARE
to control purchase of guns?
2) Abortion: ProLife ProCare Don't care
3) Police Action:
Should police be given less MORE LESS SAME DON'T CARE
or more power?
(Select several other question relevant to this year).
Give the ballot to the residents.
Volunteers can go room to room talking with residents and obtaining
responses or residents can go to a "polling booth"
in your activity room. Residents should be provided as much
confidentiality as to their responses. Do not place names on
the ballots and instruct volunteers to maintain confidentiality.
You may want to remove some issues off the ballot that are controversial
Now the you have all the ballots,
have your "poll takers" determine the winners. Indicate
winners through percentage points (Example, Bush 35%, Clinton
Gather the participants and divide
them into two "parties." Have them come up with their
own unique "party" name.
a. Ask the first party the 1st
question.... "What % of the residents voted for Bush?"
b. The 1st party responds as a
team or through a captain.
c. The second party then chooses
"Higher" or "Lower" in response to the 1st
party's answer. (The game is reminiscent of the TV game show
d. The party with the correct response
earns 5 points.
e. Continue until all the ballot
questions are completed
Each team should pick the most
verbose "candidate" from their team. Each candidate
has 1 minute to give a speech as to why her or she is the best
candidate for the President of the United States.
Give all residents a ballot. All
residents will now vote for the candidate they would choose
for the President.
The winning "candidate"
earns 25 points for their party. (Lets see how many cross-party
votes there may be!).
That's it. The party with the most
points wins the Election Game.