Seven Ways to Live and Learn on Election Day

On Tuesday, November 7, schools will be closed for a teacher work day, as well as Election Day, when voters will choose Virginia’s next governor. Here are seven ways to keep the learning alive on Election Day!

One VOTE! Are you 18 years of age or older? Voting is a civic duty, so do your part. Not registered? While voter registration period for this election has passed, you can learn how to register for the next election on the City’s website.
Two Take a trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC. Read through some of the original founding documents for the United States, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence—for free. Your history teachers will be impressed!
Three Volunteer in local government! If you cannot vote or want to show your civic duty in other ways, the City of Alexandria has plenty of opportunities to help out. From adopting a bench to adopting park, there are countless opportunities to contribute.
Four Interested in more recent history? Head to the Library of Congress and explore the Hispanic Heritage Month Collection including an autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor and letters from Latino congressmen celebrating the important contributions of Hispanic- and Latino-Americans.
Five The classic Schoolhouse Rock series is the most entertaining way to learn about government. Watch this video on the electoral college and its role in government.
Six The Local History/ Special Collections division of the Barrett Branch library houses an array of documents on past elected officials and on the history of Alexandria itself. Election Day is a great day to read up on local history.
Seven Visit the National Museum of American History and learn about how our government was created “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Happy Election Day!

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