(Undated) - More than 40,000 Hoosier kids will vote in a statewide mock election on November 6.
The students will elect their own governor and president from the real candidates in a show of active citizenship through the Indiana Kids’ Election. The mock election program is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education.
The Indiana Kids Election 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."