Kids Voting USA Returns Home to Arizona

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Kids Voting USA has returned home to Arizona as of January 2015. While the move is legally finalized, the “unpacking” is still in process. Over the next few months, we will be communicating with the affiliates, updating the websites, and reorganizing records.

We are excited to begin this new adventure and look forward to many more years of educating young citizens on the importance of voting and promoting strong participation among voters today. Our government is only as strong as we the people – we need to vote!


Kids Voting Central Ohio Awards Two Scholarships

Kids Voting Central Ohio recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding students who exemplify citizenship, political awareness, and participation in the democratic process. These scholarships, are funded through contributions from members and designated donations.
Shareeque Sadiq:
Shareeque has been a member of the Kids Voting Central Ohio Youth Council, and this spring served as a Youth at the Booth poll worker for the primary election. Born in Pakistan and raised by a single mother, Shareeque overcame many obstacles to become an Eagle Scout, a member of National Honor Society, and Senior Class Treasurer.
Hayley Sayre:
Hayley was a Kids Voting Youth at the Booth poll worker during the 2012 presidential election, at age 17. Hayley serves as Student Council President and was class Vice President for three years. She also is a member of National
Honor Society.

Jack Snodgrass honored by Kids Voting Northern Kentucky with Civic Leadership Award

Kids Voting Northern Kentucky presented the organization’s highest honor, its Civic Leadership Award, to retiring Campbell County Clerk Jack Snodgrass during a luncheon on Tuesday, March 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.

The Kids Voting Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Award is presented to a citizen of Boone, Campbell or Kenton
counties for exemplary leadership in the public arena.

A lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky resident, Jack Snodgrass is in his final year of as the Campbell County Clerk. The event celebrated his service to the Northern Kentucky
community through civic leadership. Past recipients of the award are former Kenton County Judge Executive Ralph Drees, Congressman Ken Lucas and former Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Additionally, students at the elementary, middle and high school level were recognized with awards related to Kids Voting’s mission of civic education.

“Jack is a longtime friend and supporter of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky. He has been an advocate and ambassador for our mission of civic literacy and engagement. Jack is a shining example of public and civic service for the students we will honor and beyond,” said Carri Chandler, chairperson for the annual luncheon.

My Duty as a Citizen

“My Duty as a Citizen” was the theme of the Kids Voting Brownsville Spring 2013 Art and Multimedia Contests
that were open to students in all Brownsville schools.

Winners from among the more than 160 semi-finalist submissions were announced in early May after being judged by members of The University of Texas at community and members of the Brownsville community.

The contests gave Brownsville students the opportunity to display their knowledge of civic responsibilities in creative ways. Students expressed ideas of responsible citizenship by illustrating the importance of voting, the voting process, maintaining a safe and healthy environment, among many other ideas.

Contest winners were presented with prizes fully funded by local businesses.

High School Seniors Participate in Voting Process; 10,000 Since 2005

Since the initial Pilot Program in November of 2005, more than 10,000 high school seniors have helped Central Ohio voters as part of the Youth at the Booth program.  In partnership with the Franklin County Board of Elections, Kids Voting of Central Ohio operates the Youth at the Booth program which recruits, trains, and places 17- and 18-year old high school seniors as official poll workers each election.

Jeff Cabot, executive director of Kids Voting of Central Ohio, said, “This is real, hands on experience in democracy.  The students constitute a talented workforce for conducting the election and get an important lesson in civics that is highly valued by educators.”

According to Suzanne Helmick, founding Director of Kids Voting, “when we began the program, students had to be 18 years old to work at the polls. But we worked with area legislators and students from Columbus Alternative High School to amend the law.” The state law was changed in 2006 to permit 17-year old high school seniors to serve as official Precinct Election Officials in Ohio.
The students are recruited through the Kids Voting partnership from all Franklin County school districts and trained as Machine Judges to operate the voting machines used in Franklin County.  They are paid the same as adult poll workers and work the same long day – 5:30 a.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.

William Anthony, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections said, “Our experience with the student poll workers has been very positive.  They are an essential part of our operation.”

Dana Walch, deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, observed that “Youth at the Booth students are likely to remain involved in the political process, so this program provides a next generation of poll workers and active voters.”
Kids Voting now works with the Delaware County Board of Elections as well.

“This is a significant milestone in our work to grow the next generation of active, informed citizens.  Look for the white Youth at the Booth tee shirts at your polling place on Election Day,” Cabot concluded, “and congratulate them on their initiative and performance of a civic duty.”

Kids Voting Mesa County Welcomes New Board Member

Nancy Crowell Ruspil has joined the KV Board. As a Mass Communication Instructor at Colorado Mesa University, Nancy teaches courses in media writing, advertising and promotion, and media impact to college students. She also has a family connection to Kids Voting Mesa County since her father, Bruce Crowell, was one of the program’s founders.

In her letter of application, Nancy states, “I inherited my dad’s passion for this mission. I also share his passion for working with youth, and for encouraging them to be thinking, involved members of the world around them. In the Mass Communication courses that I teach at CMU, one of my ongoing priorities is to emphasize independent thought and research related to all types of media, political messages and societal issues. Our free country gives us choices and voices. When young people pay attention to these privileges, their lives and futures change.”

Nancy brings a wealth of relevant experience and an abundance of great ideas for promoting and sustaining Kids Voting Mesa County.

KV SD Raises Nearly $13,000 at Liberty Basketball Game Fundraiser

The Chiesman Center for Democracy, Inc., held the 16th Annual Kids Voting South Dakota Liberty Basketball Game and Taco Feed. The event took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota. The evening began at 5:30 pm with the Taco Feed with Legislators, Tacos for Top Dogs sponsored by Coca Cola and Taco Johns of Pierre. The game tip-off was promptly at 7 pm. The game is a major fundraiser for Kids Voting South Dakota. The members of the House of Representatives faced off with the members of the Senate in a fun yet challenging game of basketball. There was a free throw event for students and every participating student left with a prize! In conjunction with the basketball game and taco feed they conducted both live and silent auction.

The Liberty Basketball Game, is the major fundraiser for Kids Voting South Dakota, raised nearly $13,000. Wes Brown, the communications manager said, “Thanks to the Legislators, this was a record year for us, raising 4,000 more this year than in previous years, we are thankful for all their help.” The funds raised during this event are extremely important to develop and sustain the resources we offer to schools and teachers across the state. This support helps to ensure that our youth continue to learn about the importance of voting and our government, along with opportunities to practice what it means to be an active and responsible citizen.

The major program sponsors include, South Dakota Rural Electric Association and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, The Chiesman Center for Democracy, Inc., and Curriculum sponsor, East River Electric.

Youth Council Tours Board of Election

The Kids Voting Central Youth Council toured the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) on February 21, where they were welcomed by Director William Anthony. They were given an overview of the board’s work serving the 800,000 registered voters in the county. Deputy Director Dana Walch then led them on a tour where they observed the system for preparing and mailing the 175,000 – 200,000 mail-in absentee ballots the board processes in a general election. The board’s state-of-the-art equipment was impressive. Both Mr. Anthony and Mr. Walch gave high praise for the 1,500 high school students who served as poll workers each year through our Youth at the Booth program.

Increasing educated voters today and tomorrow through classroom activities and family participation.