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Parents' Guide to

Whose Vote Counts, Explained

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu series explains complicated U.S. electoral system.

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This series does a great job of connecting the history of voting and elections in America to issues still present in our electoral system. It's definitely aimed at adults first, and fans of John Oliver's exhaustively researched deep dives into a subject will enjoy Whose Vote Counts, Explained. The series is produced by left-of-center Vox Media, and so your family's political leanings will likely color your thoughts on how the narrative is presented in this series.

Some of the vocabulary and concepts will definitely be over kids' heads (and truthfully, some adults' heads as well because the electoral college is so nonsensical). Teens and tweens who are interested in politics and current events, especially during an election year, will appreciate learning more about how the American voting system really works. This series does not shy away from tough issues in America's history, including how various groups of Americans have been disenfranchised and treated unfairly. It definitely presents a more nuanced and skeptical view of the political process than kid-focused election content like Schoolhouse Rock. Watching this series will inspire many kids to ask "why do we do it this way?" and "how can we fix it?".

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