Local Students Will Vote In Indiana Kids Election
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Indiana school students will get to participate in a mock election on Election Day.
It’s a lesson in civics. Many students in southeast Indiana will be among those casting ballots for real-life candidates for president, governor, and U.S. senator in the Indiana Kids’ Election on Tuesday, November 8.
“Voting is one of the most important things a person can do in their lifetime,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. “Every vote matters. Getting kids interested in elections at an early age and giving them a way to express their opinions is something that will build a stronger future.”
IKE is held during presidential elections every four years.
The program attempts to make the experience similar to the real voting process. The students had to register to vote at their school last month. Schools will have voting booths set up.
Participating schools include those in Batesville, Franklin County, Lawrenceburg, Sunman-Dearborn, South Dearborn, South Ripley, and Switzerland County school districts. Private schools like St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg, St. Mary’s School in Aurora, St. Nicholas School in Sunman, and St. Louis School in Batesville will also be a part of the election.
Statewide results of the IKE will be released after Election Day. It should be interesting to see if kids elect the same candidates adults did.
The Indiana Kids Election is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office and the Indiana Department of Education.
“In our state’s bicentennial year, it’s extremely fitting that Hoosier students get to take advantage of this special opportunity afforded them through Indiana Kids’ Election,” said ISBA President Mitchell R. Heppenheimer. “This program demonstrates the legal community’s commitment to instilling the importance of voting in today’s youth.”