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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Getting ready to vote

Election time! That means getting ready to vote. How? By studying the candidates and issues.

One way to do this is to read what the candidates have to say, both through interviews and the information posted on their websites. Kids Voting Mecklenburg partners with the League of Women Voters to provide CharMeckVotes, a community resource about the candidates and the offices they seek. There, you can read about the candidates
and link to their websites and Facebook pages, volunteer for campaigns and more.

Another way is to watch
 videos of the candidates in action. We'll post more on that soon.

Teachers can use Kids Voting's classroom resources to help students develop knowledge, strategies and habits needed to be good citizens and leaders. That includes evaluating candidates, understanding government, thinking critically and making decisions. That helps on election day and every day through the year.

Students can study the Kids Voting sample ballot, and even cast a vote online (K-5 6-12).

Through Election Day, students will have the opportunity to cast votes absentee at school (check with your school's Kids Voting Representative), online (K-5 6-12) or in polling places during early voting and on Election Day.