Civics Whiz: Voter Participation
Voter Participation in Virginia
In this activity, your child can use an interactive visual to learn about voter participation. Most eligible voters particpate in the national presidential election every four years, but many do not bother to vote in elections for state and local offices.
How It Works:
1. Click on this visual.
2. Scroll down to see for yourself how voter participation varies by election.
3. Answer the questions below.
- How many people live in Virginia?
- How old do you have to be to vote?
- Have your parents taken you to vote with them?
- Voting has been called a duty or obligation of citizenship. Why do you think it is important to vote?
- Why do you think more people vote in presidential elections?
- Are you surprised by the small number of voters in some elections? Can you think of some reasons why so many people don't vote?
Talk with an adult about what you have learned. Ask him or her if they vote in every election. Why do they think so many people don't vote, except in presidential elections?
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March 25, 2020