Civics Whiz: Scavenger Hunt in Your Voter Precinct
A Scavenger Hunt in Your Voter Precinct
Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! Here's a fun way for your children to learn how voting works, who their elected representatives are and some interesting facts about your neighborhood.
How It Works:
- Go to vpap.org and enter your student’s home address. (note: VPAP does not record or save an address entered. Your privacy is assured)
- You'll go to a page customized so your child can explore information about the voting precinct in which you live, your elected representatives, and political donors from your ZIP code.
- The information is listed under five tabs. You child can explore these and discover the answers to questions below.
Scavenger Hunt Questions:
- Where does your family go to vote?
- How many days are there until the next election?
- Voters are grouped by neighborhood. Each group of voters is called a "precinct." In your precinct, what percentage of voters participate in every election?
- In the 2016 presidential election, how many votes did Donald Trump receive in your precinct?
- In America, we elect people to make decisions on our behalf in Congress and the Virginia state legislature. Who represents you in the State Senate? What is his or her political party?
- Which 2020 presidential candidate has received the most money in political donations from your area?
- Virginians can vote when they turn 18 years old. What year will you be eligible to vote for the first time?
After you have explored the site, have a conversation with an adult about the information you found. Do you think most people know this information? Why is this information important to know?
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March 24, 2020