News Release
October 30, 2012

More than 40,000 Hoosier kids to vote in mock election on Nov. 6

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2012) – On Nov. 6, students across Indiana will elect their own governor and president in a show of active citizenship through the Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE) mock election program sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education.

IKE provides students in grades K-12 with the hands-on experience of voting in a class or school-wide mock election. Students learn to develop good voting habits at an early age by participating in voting milestones such as registering to vote and casting a ballot on Election Day.

“Based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration, IKE attempts to help thousands of Hoosier students acquire the habit of voting at a young age,” said ISBA President C. Erik Chickedantz, of Fort Wayne. “We are particularly proud to sponsor IKE, an award-winning program that emulates the election process so carefully.”

“Our young Hoosiers are the foundation for Indiana’s long-term success,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “Through Indiana Kids’ Election, we can help the next crop of leaders see up close the importance of civic participation and that elections are decided by those who show up.”

Note to media: For more information about this program, please visit If you would like to cover a mock election at a participating school near you, please contact Carissa Long at

The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) announced today that its Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE) gubernatorial video featuring Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham has been uploaded to the ISBA YouTube channel for the public to view. Questions were submitted by Indiana students and vetted by members of the IKE Committee.

IKE 2012 Gubernatorial Candidate Video:


 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

Media Contact: Carissa Long, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, ISBA, 800.266.2581,