This year, for the first time, the YMCA and the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State are working together to help students statewide discover the importance of elections and the power of their voice – and their vote – in our democracy.
Students Voting gives teachers at all grade levels the tools and resources to expose their students to a realistic voting experience that includes learning about candidates and issues, voter registration and casting a ballot on or before Election day.
Every school that registers for the Students Voting program will receive, at no charge:
- A realistic General Election ballot customized with their choice of offices and ballot questions
- Ballot boxes
- Privacy screens to set up desktop/tabletop voting booths
- “I Voted” stickers
If possible, participating schools will be strongly encouraged to set up “polling places” in their buildings where every student can participate in the election. In case in-person voting is not recommended, we are also creating an option for “absentee” voting and results reporting.
Why Should You Participate?
Studies show that a) students who get comfortable with the mechanics of the polling place and how to vote are more likely to vote when they are eligible, and b) voters who vote for the first time when they become eligible are more likely to make voting a lifelong habit.
With high voter turnout, honest elections and elected officials, and engaged citizens, Minnesota is the envy of other states. But this outcome doesn’t happen by accident.
Sign Up Today to Participate in Students Voting 2020!
For more information or to sign up to run Students Voting in your school or district, contact Amy Anderson at 612-330-3045 or email@example.com or Michael Wall at 651-201-6892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the list of schools already signed up to participate, visit https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/get-involved/students-voting-statewide-mock-election/.