About Indiana Kids’ Election
Endorsed as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project!
On Nov. 8, students across Indiana will elect their own governor, president and senator in a show of active citizenship through Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), an award-winning mock election program. Sponsored by the 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 is more often done by habit.
In an effort to increase Indiana’s voter turnout, IKE provides students in grades K-12 with the hands-on experience of voting in a class or school-wide mock election – this year on Nov. 8. With this 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. Students participate in voting milestones such as registering to vote on or before Tuesday, Oct. 11, and casting a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8 – just like their parents!
Under Indiana law, schools must give instruction on the election process two weeks prior to a general election. IKE helps Indiana schools meet this requirement by providing comprehensive curriculum guides, free of charge, to participating schools. Note: The curriculum meets current state academic standards as approved by the Indiana Department of Education.
Indiana attorneys also have the unique opportunity to participate in this program by volunteering for the IKE Speakers’ Bureau, where attorney volunteers deliver one-hour classroom presentations about the election process, how to make informed choices about candidates and more.
This program is funded by the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Foundation.