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Indiana Children To Cast Their Own Ballots On Election Day

Students will cast their vote November 6 for president and governor after hearing from guest speakers and learning about the political process.

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Students will learn how political candidates become nominated and represent their party.

More than 30,000 Hoosier students will cast votes for president and governor in their own elections in classrooms and schools statewide on November 6.

The Indiana Secretary of State, Department of Education and state Bar Association have teamed up to provide schools free learning materials and guest speakers with the Indiana Kids’ Election program.

Indiana schools are required, by law, to teach about the election process at least two weeks prior to a general election. The Indiana Kids’ Election program allows schools and teachers to utilize resources from the three participating state organizations.

State Bar Association spokesperson Carissa Long says the program is more than just a way to get kids interested and active in the political process.

“We kind of hope that these kids go home and sort of spark a conversation with their parents and, in some cases, I think parents might feel a little responsibility to kind of get involved based on what their kids are doing at school,” Long says.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson has spoken to classrooms around Indiana. She says it is important for the program to stay away from partisan issues.

“We’re just talking about, you know, how the candidates get nominated to represent their party and then, once they are nominated what the process would be for them to be elected,” Larson says.

Long says most participating schools and classrooms will do paper ballots on Election Day, though in some cases a voting machine has been provided for kids to use.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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