Life Skills

Senior Behind the Ballot Badge Activity


Compare Local, State, and National Elections 

To learn how local, state, and national elections work.

Activity Details

Time needed: 1–2 hours

Materials needed: 

  • Computer, tablet, or phone with internet access 

Activity: Elections are how we choose leaders and vote on how we want things done in our country. Find out the basics of how elections operate in this activity. 

Compare local, state, and national elections. Research the basic processes for local, state, and national elections. For one you might be electing a mayor, another your governor or state senator, and for another, the president. How often do you vote for each elected position? What are the differences between the three elections? What is the difference between a primary and a general election? Make a chart for your research.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.


Adapted from Step 1 of the Senior Behind the Ballot badge. Purchase the Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to complete all requirements and earn the badge.