270 to Win

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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All things election for kids who want to see how it happens.

Parents say

age 7+
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Kids say

age 4+
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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the difference between the electoral and popular vote and make predictions based on current and past data about the next election. They'll already have to be familiar with the workings of the electoral college and how the United States runs its elections, but, on 270 to Win, they'll learn how states have historically voted over the years and how the maps change from election to election. A less chaotic design and more guidance for young users would make 270 to Win a great choice for election updates.

Positive Messages

It's always good for kids to be aware of the electoral process; the more they understand, the more they'll feel involved. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 270 to Win is a website that offers an interactive map of the electoral college, plus a history of presidential and other elections in the United States. You can review interactive maps for recent presidential elections and find out how battles in the Senate and House played out. There's a blog, some quizzes, and an election simulator that's connected to the most recent presidential election. Kids who already have a pretty clear understanding of how this system works will benefit from the site, but there's not a ton of explanation or kid-oriented details about the election process.

What's it about?

270TOWIN is an interactive map of the electoral college and a history of presidential elections in the United States. You can review interactive maps for recent presidential elections and find out how battles in the Senate and House played out. There's a blog, some quizzes, and an election simulator that's connected to the most recent presidential election. Kids can create their own maps based on their own predictions and share them on Facebook, or they can view past election maps to see patterns and get a sense of a state's voting history.

Is it any good?

You have to know a little about elections and how the electoral college works to navigate the site with ease. A kid who's just beginning to learn about the U.S. government might be overwhelmed by all the options here. That said, there's a ton of information to review. It's presented well, although additional guidance would make this an even better place for kids to find election information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to understand the voting process, even if you're still not old enough to vote.

  • Talk to your kids about your political values. Let them know that they can make their own decisions, but that to make a difference, voting really helps to make their voices heard.

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