Edina Public Schools

  • Kids Voting Edina


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    Background Information and FAQs

    What is Kids Voting Edina?

    Kids Voting Edina is a sub-segment of Kids Voting Minnesota- a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth on the voting process -- and giving them the ability to go to the polls to vote!

    Kids Voting Edina is made possible by a joint effort between Edina Public Schools, the City of Edina, and the Edina Community Foundation. The program is intended to promote the importance of voting and civic awareness by guiding students through the real-life voting process.  Kids Voting Edina hopes to generate an excitement for voting and civic engagement that extends well into adulthood. According to University research, communities that have participated in Kids Voting projects have increased overall voter turnout by 3 to 5 percent with the 18-24 year old voter turnout increasing up to 14 percent.

    For more information on Kids Voting Edina, contact Julie Rogers Bascom, Kids Voting Edina and Service Learning Coordinator for the Edina Public Schools at Julie.bascom@edinaschools.org

    How it Works

    In the weeks leading up to the election, Edina teachers will focus on preparing students for the polls. Classrooms will be abuzz with “learn-by-doing” and hands-on activities as well as critical thinking lessons that will teach them the democratic process.

    Students are then invited to the adult polling sites with their parents or guardian on Election Day where they will vote for the same candidates and issues as adults. Though not part of the official results, student votes will be tallied and reported at schools and by the media.  The Edina High School will host a Kids Voting Edina Poll at Door #3 and the Fick Auditorium from 7-8:30 AM, 10-11 AM and during lunch.  

    Volunteers Needed on Election Day for Kids Voting Edina

    Adult and student volunteers are needed on Election Day (Nov. 8) to assist with  setting up  Kids Voting Polls, counting votes, collecting ballots and helping guide kids through the election process. Most volunteers will be asked to work a 2 ½ hour shift on election night (3:30 - 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.) with one or two other volunteers. Student volunteers can choose between volunteering at the high school or at an Edina precinct.  

    No prior experience is necessary. One-hour training sessions will be provided October 26 at 10am, 1pm and at 5 pm and high school volunteer training during collab or advisory times.  Volunteers need only to attend one session. Young people are encouraged to volunteer as well - those 8th grade and under should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

    Contact Carynn Roehrick to register at carynn.roehrick@edinaschools.org

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    Kids Voting FAQ

    Q. What is Kids Voting Minnesota?

    A. Kids Voting Minnesota is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Minnesota youth about the rights, responsibilities and mechanics of participating in American democracy.

    Q. Is Kids Voting Edina different than Kids Voting Minnesota?

    A. Kids Voting Edina is a sub-segment of Kids Voting Minnesota and Kids Voting USA. Kids Voting Minnesota works with Minnesota schools and communities to create positive civic experiences for youth including the opportunity to learn about and vote in public elections.

    Q. How will kids learn about the voting process?

    A. Students will learn about Kids Voting in class. In addition, Edina teachers have the option of using supportive curriculum provided by Kids Voting Minnesota.

    Q. Where do the kids vote?

    A. Kids vote at the same polling location as their parents in a separate space designated for Kids Voting Edina.  The Edina High School will host a poll for grades 10-12 on Election Day.

    Q. When do kids vote?

    A. Kids vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8) with their parents or caregivers between the hours of 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. This timeframe prevents Kids Voting from interfering with class time. There will also be a poll set up just for high school students on November 8 from 7-8:25 AM, 10-11 AM and during lunch at the Edina High School at door #3 and in the Fick Auditorium.

    Q. How old do kids need to be to vote?

    A. No child is too young to participate in Kids Voting Edina; however, children should be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

    Q. Is the Kids Voting Edina Ballot limited to the local elections?

    A. The Kids Voting Edina ballot will include the presidential, congressional and some of the local races. The 2016 Kids Voting Edina election will include:

    • U.S. President/Vice President
    • U.S. Representative
    • State Senator
    • State Representative
    • Associate Justice - Supreme Court 6
    • Constitutional Amendment
    • Edina City Council
    • Mayor 

    Q. How do I know if my polling location is participating in Kids Voting Edina?

    A. All 20 polling locations within the Edina Public Schools district are participating in Kids Voting Edina.  To find your polling location, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Pollfinder website.  

    Q. What if my child attends Edina Public Schools, but does not live in the Edina School district?

    A. The Kids Voting Edina program is only offered at polling locations within the Edina Public Schools district from 4-8 PM. However, many cities have established their own Kids Voting programs. Check the Kids Voting Minnesota Web site to see if your city is a participant. Students  may also have the opportunity to vote “absentee.” Ask your child’s teacher if this option is available.

    Q. Where can I find the Kids Voting Edina election results?

    A. While the votes are not part of the official election, the results of Kids Voting Edina will be posted on the City of Edina’s Web site and Edina Public Schools’ Web site. They will also be posted on Kids Voting Minnesota’s Web site and broadcast on EDINA 16.

    Q. I would like to help. Do you need volunteers?

    A. Yes! The Kids Voting Edina program has a great need for volunteers on the day of the election from 4-8 PM. As a volunteer, you may be asked to count votes, collect ballots or assist with setup. Former volunteers have found contributing their time to this effort to be extremely gratifying. Shifts run in 2 ½ hour intervals. Contribute as much or as little time as you would like. Contact Carynn Roehrick for an assignment.   

    Q. Who do I contact if I have more questions?

    A. Please contact Kids Voting Edina Coordinator Julie Rogers Bascom with additional questions at 952-848-3957.