Today, 50% of young people grow up in non-voting households. Only about half of eligible voters participate in Presidential elections and about one-third participate in local elections. The figures are even lower for communities of color and young adults.

 

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The Kids Voting Minnesota Network is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition working to help students statewide learn about the right to vote, democracy, civic responsibility, and the importance of participation in the political process.

 

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The Kids Voting program offers four unique benefits:

  1. An authentic voting experience where students in kindergarden through 12th grade cast their vote on Election Day at a centralized “polling place” in their school building. We provide FREE ballot boxes, privacy screens and “I Voted” stickers to help make the experience realistic and impactful.
  2. Student ballots that mirror the actual ballot in each community so students and the adults in their life will be voting for the same offices.
  3. Resources for educators to help create meaningful lessons and classroom discussions around key civic concepts.
  4. Access to ballot-counting machines so that it’s easy to tally and report on the results when the election is over.

Kids Voting Minnesota Network

The Kids Voting Minnesota Network is coordinated by Minnesota Civic Youth. For more information or to sign up to run a program in your school or community, contact Amy Anderson at 651-955-1679 or amy@mncivicyouth.org.

Watch Kids Voting in action!

“Our public schools serve a multitude of purposes. One very important purpose is to prepare students for life and citizenship. Students need to be provided with the knowledge and skills to meaningfully participate in society and our democracy. Implementing the Kids Voting program in your school will give students an authentic Election Day experience that prepares students to be “citizenship-ready.” I encourage your district’s participation.”

∼  Dr. Dennis Rens
Former Superintendent
Fridley Public Schools