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.
Newbury, OH (November 4, 2012)…Imagine an election where the voters respectfully listen to opposing views, discuss differences through polite and civil discourse, and critically dissect the mounds of partisan messages bombarding them on television and through the Internet. Vitriol of any kind is taboo and after a heated political debate, the adversaries might sit down for milk and cookies, or gather outside for a pick up game of basketball.
On Tuesday, this imaginary election will become a reality for two million schoolchildren across the United States. As participants in Kids Voting USA’s year-long program emphasizing deliberative democracy—where students learn to formulate and express their own political opinions, while inviting those with opposing opinions to do the same—the pint-sized patriots will proudly cast their votes for President of the United States.
While the votes of K-12 students from dozens of states around the country won’t determine the outcome of the 2012 elections, Kids Voting USA says that their program will stick with kids for many years to come, leading to long-term civic engagement and participation in the political process. In other words, these kids are likely to become life-long voters. And that is something workplace fashion ID makers BooJee Beads wanted to support.
“When I first heard about Kids Voting USA I knew it was something our company wanted to involve ourselves with,” says BooJee Beads co-founder Kimberly Martinez. “My partner Lisa Harrington and I are mothers of 5 school-age children and we were thrilled to find that there is a program that encourages children to take politics seriously, to think critically, and to dedicated themselves to becoming part of the solution by participating in the process.”
To help support programs such as Kids Voting USA’s Double Click Democracy (DCD), an online voting system for schoolchildren, BooJee Beads donated political style beaded lanyards with a retail value of $85,000. The lanyards are being offered for sale by the Kansas Newspaper Foundation and 100% of the proceeds go to the benefit of Kids Voting USA.
“Teachers are a huge part of our customer base- they tell us all the time that they love to wear BooJeeBeads to display their teacher ID’s and classroom keys with style!” Harrington says. “We are always looking for ways to support our customers and we could not pass up this opportunity to help out this great organization that is such a outstanding resource for teachers throughout the country.”
Kids Voting USA will be releasing its presidential election results sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
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Second grader Kyle Bradbury of Madison Elementary School in Madison, Kansas shows off two of the political-style lanyards donated by BooJee Beads to help raise funds for Kids Voting USA. Along with some two million US students across the country, Kyle will cast his vote for president on Tuesday.
With the 2012 Presidential Election one week away, some of the Kids Voting USA affiliate network have began their mock election. An estimated 65,000 students have already cast their ballot. Kids Voting USA is anticipating 2 million students to participate in this election. Results will be available here on the Kids Voting USA website, Wednesday, November 7th. Please check back then to see who students vote for to be the next President of the United States.
Kids Voting affiliates provided the opportunity for students to participate in local elections this fall. For the complete election results, please click on each affiliate name listed below. Here are some of the impressive total votes cast for each of the affiliates that hosted a 2011 mock election (a few of the totals are still being tallied):
Kids Voting Shakopee (MN): 1,130 students voted
Kids Voting Northern Kentucky: nearly 1,900 students voted
Kids Voting Arizona: 111 students voted in the Phoenix Mayoral Run-off & 81 students
voted in District 18 Recall
Kids Voting Talawanda (OH): 1,447 students voted
Kids Voting Mesa County (CO): 11,560 students or 54 percent of the students voted (Please note that Grand Mesa Middle School was the top voting middle school not Fruita.)
Kids Voting Central Ohio: almost 50,000 students voted
Kids Voting Chester County (PA): 1,492 students voted
Kids Voting Alaska: 1,349 students voted
Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas: not quite 500 students voted
Kids Voting Western New York: 9,610 students voted