What is Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE)?
On Nov. 3, students across Indiana will elect their own President, Vice President, Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General 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. 3. 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 and casting a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – just like their parents!
Under Indiana law, schools must give instruction on the election process two weeks prior to a general election for grades 6-12. 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 classroom presentations about the election process, how to make informed choices about candidates and more.
How do I participate in the IKE Speakers’ Bureau?
To participate in the Speakers’ Bureau, click here to fill out the registration form. The Indiana State Bar Association will match you with a participating school nearby. IKE is open to public and private schools and home-school groups. Our goal is to match you by Oct. 9 in order for you to schedule your presentation for sometime in October or early November (prior to Election Day).
Note: If you would like to contact a school near you directly, we still encourage you to sign up online at www.inkidselection.com.
When do I schedule my presentation in the classroom?
Once you have been matched with a school, you are responsible for scheduling the presentation on a date prior to Election Day (Nov. 6) that works best for you and the teacher. The approximate length of the presentation is one hour, but will depend on the teacher’s schedule. Our goal is to match you by Oct. 9 in order for you to schedule your presentation for sometime in October or early November (prior to Election Day).
Are additional resources available to aid with my presentation?
Yes. Stay tuned for age-appropriate resources on the Indiana Kids’ Election website here: http://inkidselection.com/presentation-materials/. All materials will be provided online.
Can I participate more than once?
Absolutely! If you’d like to get the most mileage out of the presentation that you’ve prepared, please let us know if you’d like to present more than once.
How do I get local media to cover my classroom presentation?
If you would like a press release about your presentation to be distributed to local media outlets, please contact Carissa Long, ISBA Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.266.2581. Also, we would love it if you would share photos, thank-you letters from students and testimonials from your classroom experience.
Who may I contact with Indiana Kids’ Election questions?
Indiana State Bar Association
O: 317.639.5465, ext. 32