April 20, 2016
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has officially endorsed the 2016 Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE) program as a Bicentennial Legacy Project. 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. With its special emphasis on encouraging students statewide to develop one’s voting habit at an early age, IKE captures the spirit of Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration, whose slogan is “Celebrate history – Ignite the future,” by providing 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.
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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 to elect their own governor, president and senator on Tuesday, Nov. 8, just like their parents.
Also, under Indiana law, schools must 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 schools meet this requirement by providing comprehensive curriculum guides, free of charge, to participating schools. Click here to learn more about IC 20-30-5-4.
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.
Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit www.inbar.org.
Media Contact: Carissa Long, Dir. of PR & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581, firstname.lastname@example.org