Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Fairfax County logo

Teen Events and Resources

Stuff for Teens

Get Involved Before and After the Elections

Get involved before and after the elections! There’s a lot you can do to make a difference between now and Election Day — and beyond.

Get the Facts!

There are many ways for you to get the facts on candidates, their platforms, and other important issues facing the nation.

Access With Your Card

With a free library card, you have access to some amazing resources that make it easy to get the facts about the issues that matter, including:

Great Research Websites

There are a lot more great websites online that are interesting starting points to research about elections:

  • BallotReady gives you context on the races and questions on your ballot
  • ProCon.org helps track the views of candidates on dozens of issues
  • Rev searches detailed transcripts of debates and speeches by politicians
  • TEDEd has videos on many topics at issue this year

Get the Facts on an Issue

Here’s an example of how to get the facts of an issue on the ballot in Virginia:

Fake News!

You probably have heard by now that fake news is a real problem all over the planet. But when it comes for you, it can be tricky to figure out if you are being duped.

Fortunately there are many websites and sources that check the facts on everything from viral hoax videos to sketchy news articles and help you steer clear of misinformation:

Spread the Word!

Once you’ve learned about the issues that matter to you, spread the word about them to the people in your life who will be old enough to cast a ballot. Make your voice heard, and help them get ready to vote.

Help them find their polling place in Fairfax County, or track their ballot online through the Virginia Department of Elections.

You can also share your opinions (and these resources!) to help equip your friends, neighbors, and family to make an informed decision this year.

Volunteer!

If you are looking for ways to volunteer, you likely heard about the Election Day High School Student Program from a teacher at your high school. This only applies for November elections.

Or find an organization that lines up with the cause you care about. You can also volunteer with a nonpartisan group devoted just to getting out the vote:

Many groups are looking for volunteers to help them reach potential voters through Election Day – from the comfort of your own couch — through activities like phone banking and text banking.

Read More!

Fairfax County seal