Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Swing States and the Electoral College

Now that the debates are over—thank goodness!—this is a great time to talk to kids about swing states and the electoral college. Politico has an easy-to-read map at their site:

Listening to the news, people have got to wonder if their vote doesn't really count unless they live in one of those swing states. Here are a couple of poems to get your discussion started!

Swing State
by Janet Wong

I heard them say on the TV
that we live in a swing state.

If we vote the right way
will our neighborhood
get a new playground?

Electoral Math
by Janet Wong

50,456,002 > 50,999,897?
100,455,899 = 538
270 = Winner!

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