SOON MISSOURIANS WILL ELECT NEW LEADERS FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR STATE
With Early Voting going on in many states and Absentee Voting in others, many Americans and Kids Voting K-12th grade students have already begun to vote. I ask each of you, young & old, to pledge to be an informed voter, an educated citizen when you cast your ballot. Learn about the candidates and issues; read a newspaper or two—log on to web sites that compare/contrast the candidates and then cast a ballot in the upcoming election. Voting is your civic duty! Per Thomas Jefferson, "an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
For Election 2016 you have many, many choices for President, Governor, U.S. Senate and other offices. Sometimes we're not happy with the choices put before us. However, as a U.S. Citizen you have a duty, a responsibility to make a decision and select someone that you think is the best leader for our country and our state. Who is the best person to be Commander in Chief? Who is the best person to represent the United States at World Meetings? Who is the best person to decide if we should use nuclear weapons? Who is the best person to prepare the Federal Budget or State Budget? Who is the best person to lead your state? This is your country--your state. Who do you want to be in charge for the next 4-years?
Sandy Diamond, Kids Voting Missouri
Our nation was founded on many basic rights and freedoms. Through the last several hundred years, many groups have struggled for one of our most precious rights—the right to vote. They have marched; they have protested; and they have given their lives for the right to cast a ballot.
Our goal at Kids Voting is to empower young people early in life to participate in our democracy and let their voices be heard. By participating in Kids Voting students learn about government, democracy, voting, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The program creates an expectation that they will become lifelong, informed voters at age 18.
Through our parent organization, Kids Voting USA, we provide wonderful classroom activities that encourage dialogue and community involvement. Kids Voting Missouri also provides an opportunity for an authentic voting experience for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Weeks before the election, students learn about the candidates and issues and importance of registering and voting. They talk about politics, majority rule, branches and levels of government; they learn about compromise, dissent, and a representative democracy.
Then on or near Election Day, via Kids Voting USA's on-line voting system called DoubleClick Democracy, students have the opportunity to vote on many of the same candidates and issues as the adult voters.
Kids Voting USA has always had a "trickle-up" effect, that is students teaching parents. Since our Kids Voting students (under 18) vote in an authentic "simulated" election, it might be a good idea to encourage students to ask parents or guardians to make a PLEDGE to vote in the upcoming November Presidential election. (See "Sandy's Helpful Handouts" for sample Pledge Cards.)
Election 2016 will represent the 20th year of Kids Voting Missouri. Congratulations to the Ritenour School District for being the first Kids Voting Missouri school district to participate back in 1996. November 2016 will represent the 6th Presidential Election for Ritenour's student body.
By participating in Kids Voting Missouri, STUDENT VOICES CAN BE HEARD!