KIDS VOTING MISSOURI IN ACTION AS STUDENTS "CAST VOTES" IN ELECTION 2016
More than 138,500 K-12 students cast ballots in this year's Kids Voting Missouri election. Below are some of the 2016 Election Results for Kids Voting Missouri.
Thanks to all the teachers, administrators, parents, and volunteers for helping us promote responsible citizenship and the importance of exercising our right to vote. After all the votes are counted, it turned out that our students were the ultimate winners for participating in a civic activity!!!
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!