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by Samuel Sennott

Much thanks to Dan Herlihy for posting an Intellitools Voting activity. Get it at

Screenshot of Vote

size: 853.96 Kilobytes
uploaded: 10/30/2008

Created By: Dan Herlihy [Send Message]
Skill Level: Middle School
Curriculum: Social Studies
Activity Details: This is a simple activity that you can use allowing your class to vote for president. It has an attached overlay and is switch accessible. It is programmed to run this way: A student clicks on the Click Here to Begin button. It takes them to the ballot page. Once they click on their choice, it is recorded, a 10 second delay begins telling the student to leave the booth allowing others to vote, returns to page 1 where another 10 second delay occurs – this keeps students from voting multiple times.

To find the final vote tally go to the Design menu, Advanced Scripting, Edit Document Variable and Table Values. The doc.McCain = variable will record how many votes for him, the doc.Obama = variable records how many votes he received and the doc.Votes = variable has recorded the total votes cast.

This activity should be run from start to finish (remain open) during all voting. The variable totals can be reset in the program by choosing one in the listing of the Variables, and at the bottom of the dialog window type 0 (zero) in the box replacing the current tally, then clicking Change Value.

If using the overlay send Overlay Vote Page 1. It is programmed to use levels, forcing the student to choose the Click Here to begin button first.

November 3, 2008 - Posted by | Special Education |


  1. Our students are voting today for student council as well as for President and our State offices. We are using a Clicker 5 grid setup. We have 2 polling stations set up. One for kids who use switch scanning and the other station for kids who use a Touchscreen or regular mouse.
    The votes are kept in the text field. Once the voting for all students is completed. We take the results into Pages and use the find feature to find out how many votes were registered for each student. Takes less than five minutes to tally.
    Yesterday, we held a rally where each student was given 5 minutes to give speeches. It was a blast!

    Comment by Mark | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Mark,

    Good idea using Clicker. That is great to hear about your students. Right on!

    I realize that you could do it with Intellipics/ talk as well, if you made the text go into a box that had invisible print.

    Comment by alltogether | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. The thing we like about Clicker is the ability to have the cells rearranged in a random fashion and also have the scanning done in a random order.

    Comment by Mark | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Good call. Keep em’ on their toes! Active minds, not just check off the first guy on the list.

    Comment by alltogether | November 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. Ordering of candidates is by no means random in real elections. In New Hampshire, it is ordered by the number of votes the candidates’ parties got in the previous election.
    It is not known if there is a “first spot on ticket” advantage, but the parties argue over it as though the future of democracy itself depends on it.

    Comment by G.Fraggle | November 7, 2008 | Reply

  6. Great point G.Fraggle. Sad to think that in general elections there would be a first spot advantage. Yet, those ballots can get pretty long, eh?

    Seriously, though, you make me think about looking into the scanning selection research with beginning communicators. I know I saw practical incidents of students choosing early in the scan during various types of selections. Interesting food for thought. -Sam

    Comment by alltogether | November 7, 2008 | Reply

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