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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Students weigh in on school board and mayor, learn government and civics

Mecklenburg County students have the opportunity to learn about government and civic participation through a community-wide mock voting event hosted by Kids Voting Mecklenburg.

K-12 students experience elections through learning about and voting on real candidates and issues – this year, offices include mayor and school board - and taking part in community service-learning. While the results aren’t official, they are counted and reported publicly. Over 45,000 local students participated in last year’s mid-term elections.

The program links to classroom education in a variety of disciplines through study about government, leadership, elections and voting, decision-making, critical-thinking and analysis of information. Classroom resources are available free for local educators, families and youth programs at

In addition to classroom study, students have the opportunity to experience elections though a variety of hands-on activities:

Visit to access the online ballot, identify voting sites where Kids Voting booths will be located, learn dates and times for Kids Voting Days and more. Use the Rate the Candidates activity and get ready to vote by learning about the offices on the ballot.

The Kids Voting Election is one program offered by Kids Voting Mecklenburg, a civic education organization teaching K-12 students about government, civic participation and leadership. Other programs through the year include K-12 civic education and teen programs such as YouthCivics and Youth Voice/Leadership Alliance. Programs help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

For more information visit or, or email or call 704-343-6999.