May 4, 2016
Indiana Kids’ Election launches new website, opens registration for Hoosier teachers
Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project
INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2016) – 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 announced today that registration is open for K-12 classrooms statewide at www.inkidselection.com.
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 Tuesday, Oct. 11, and casting a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8 – just like their parents!
Also, 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 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.
Visit www.inkidselection.com to sign up today!
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Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/indianakidselection.
This program is funded in part by the Indiana Bar Foundation.
Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581, firstname.lastname@example.org