Make Elections A Family Affair!

Research shows that the biggest indicator of whether or not a child will grow up to be a regular, informed voter and engaged citizen is family involvement. So make elections a family affair! Here are some easy things you can do in the weeks leading up to Durham’s School Board Elections and primaries:

LEARN ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Read the “What School Board and County Government does” sections of the KVD 2020 Spring Youth Candidate Guide (www.kidsvotingdurham.org/2020-spring-youth-candidate-guide ) and have family members “spy” when local government is part of your day.   Talk about how much County and School government affects each of your days. 


LEARN ABOUT CANDIDATES & ELECTIONS TOGETHER

View the candidate videos or read the candidate profiles at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/2020-spring-youth-candidate-guide and decide who you most agree with.  Use the Candidate Graphic Organizer available at www.kidsvotingdurham..org/elections to gather your thoughts.


GET OUT THE VOTE!

Did you know that only 5-15% of Durham adults usually turn out for local elections?  Make flyers about voting and post them on social media and in the community or throw your own “Family Voting Celebration” with the downloadable kit at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/parents


TAKE ON AN ISSUE

Decide what issues your family is passionate about, research it, and write a letter to County Commissioners or School Board telling them what you think and asking them to take action.


WORK ELECTIONS INTO YOUR PLAY

Download worksheets, coloring pages, and other election-related items at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/parents or go to ICivics.org & run your own County playing Counties Work.


VOLUNTEER WITH KIDS VOTING

Running a Kids Voting precinct for other youth voters is an easy and fun activity the whole family – from toddlers to teens – can do together.  Just choose an early voting site or an Election Day precinct and Kids Voting Durham will provide you with all the supplies and training to run that precinct.  Check out the www.kidsvotingdurham.org/volunteer  or call 919-569-7321 for more information. 

Make a voting plan for your whole family.  Come to an early voting site with Kids Voting so both youth and adults can vote, or have adults cast their vote and the go to a pop-up Kids Voting site.  On Election Day, adults can vote at their precinct and also take their kids to a site with Kids Voting even if it is not their polling site! (See www.kidsvotingdurham.org/elections for list of sites) Any way you do it, research shows that making voting a family affair increases children’s likelihood of growing to be engaged and informed voters in adulthood. 

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Carolyn Kreuger

Carolyn has led Kids Voting Durham for over a decade. She loves Durham, working with youth, and local government.

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