INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – On November 8, students across Indiana will elect their own governor, president and senator in a show of active citizenship through Indiana Kid’s Election (IKE), an award-winning mock election program.
Sponsored by Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education, IKE is based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration but more often done by habit. With its special emphasis on encouraging students to develop one’s voting habit at an early age, IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible. Statewide, students participate in voting milestones such as registering to vote on or before October 11 and casting a ballot on November 8, according to a press release from Indiana State Bar Association.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said that voting is one of the most important things a person can do in their lifetime, so the program aims to get kids excited about this process.
“Every vote matters,” Lawson said in a press release. “Getting kids interested in elections at an early age and giving them a way to express their opinions is something that will build a stronger future together.”
Under Indiana law, schools are required to give instruction on the election process two weeks preceding a general election for all students in grades 6-12. IKE, where the voting age is lowered to 5, helps Indiana teachers meet this requirement by providing comprehensive curriculum guides, free of charge, to participating schools.
For more information, visit Indiana Kid’s Election.