Did you know that the number-one reason why kids grow up to vote is family influence? Help your child become an informed, active citizen — or even a future community leader.
We Can’t Do It Without You
Studies show that parents are the most powerful reason why children grow up to be voters and informed, active citizens. When they see you voting and speaking up about community issues, they become aware of their own worth and their right to be heard.
That’s why we encourage you to discuss political candidates with your children, and to take them with you when you vote.
How You Can Help
We also invite you to be part of other Kids Voting Durham efforts. For example:
Filing for the upcoming elections for Mayor and City Council begins this Friday, July 5th! Are You Ready for the Upcoming Election? There has been a lot of hubbub in the news recently about the democratic debates, but the real focus should be on the upcoming Durham City Council and Mayoral election on November 5th! Take our short Durham City government quiz below to test your knowledge on Durham City government below!! Once you get your results, scroll down to see how you can get more involved with Kids Voting Durham during the upcoming election! Create your own user feedback survey Whether you’re able to vote in the election or not, there are lots of ways that YOU can get involved! VOTE~ If you are under 18, you can also vote in the upcoming election at one of the Kids Voting Durham school, precinct, or community sites, including our new pop-ups at places like Locopops and monuts. The KVD website will list locations and times closer to elections. (You can also vote if you are 18 or older: to find your polling place, check with the DCo Board of Elections!) Volunteer~ we need lots of community members both at election time….
Durham wants to know what young people think!
2019 is well underway, and Kids Voting Durham has an exciting year full of Durham-themed civic activities for youth, schools, and families planned! We hope you will join us.
Please join Kids Voting Durham from 10 am-1 pm tomorrow, January 21, 2019 at Northgate Mall for our “I Have a Dream Booth” at the MomsRising MLK Day Celebration. We are grateful for the beautiful dreams Martin Luther King, Jr. had for our country and people, and we want to know about your dreams for your community! Kids Voting volunteers from Partners for Youth Opportunity and Durham Social Services will be on hand to help you share your dream with Durham. Can’t make it to Northgate Mall? Download the KVD “I Have a Dream” coloring sheet HERE or make your own and share it with Kids Voting Durham on Facebook, Instagram @kidsvotingdurham, Twitter @kidsvotingdurha or, by email at email@example.com. We will add your dream to our gallery and share it with the rest of Durham and our elected officials.
Over 6000 Durham K-12 Students have spoken in the 2018 Kids Voting Durham General Elections. Students returned US House Representatives G.K. Butterfield and David Price to office, re-elected all Durham’s State House and Senate Representatives as well as elected new NC House member Zack Forde-Hawkins. Dave Hall and Clayton Jones won their challenges for District Court Judge seats, as did the unopposed District Court candidates. The results of the NC Amendment votes were very close, but students chose to approve the Amendment on lowering the maximum income tax rate in NC and to reject the Amendment requiring photo ID to vote. More that ever before, the adult vote and student vote in Durham almost exactly aligned. The one exception was in the NC Amendments where Durham voters rejected the amendment to lower the income tax rate. Voters in NC overall approved both the income tax amendment as well as the one requiring photo ID when voting. For more Kids Voting Durham Election Results, including for individuals schools visit kidsvotingdurham.org/elections . Kudos to all Durham’s young voters and the educators, volunteers, and partner organizations that supported them in being involved in elections and engaged citizenship in 2018.
Durham K-12 students can make their voices heard in the 2018 Elections by voting with Kids Voting Durham. There are two ways kids can vote on the same candidates and issues as adults this week: Online at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/elections using the Kids Voting Durham electronic ballot. Online Kids Voting is available now through Election Day, November 6 at 7:30 pm when polls close. At a Kids Voting booth at selection Durham precincts on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, from 2:30-7:30 PM. Kids Voting partners are staffing voting stations at the Durham Cooperative Extension, South Regional Library, East Regional Library, Forest Hills Clubhouse, Parkwood Fire Department, and McMannen United Methodist. Many thanks to the volunteers from MomsRising, Durham Youth Commission, Duke Energy Retirees, SoDu Parents Posse, Spring Valley Elementary Student Council, Durham 4-H, and Durham Cooperative Extension for running Kids Voting polling sites. A Youth Candidate Guide, sample ballot, and other Kids Voting election information can be found at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/elections. In 2018, Duke Pediatrics Roxboro Street Clinic and Durham Parks and Recreation My Durham Centers are also offering Kids Voting to their clients and program participants. Make sure to check at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/elections on Wednesday to see the Kids Voting results….
Kids Voting Durham election season has started, and there are lots of great ways for everyone to be involved: Educators and youth leaders, sign your school or youth program for Kids Voting and let your students and participants vote on the same candidates and issues as adults. Kids Voting provides all the resources, materials, and training to help you give your youth a memorable and meaningful election experience. You can find out more information on our Elections page, or sign up your school or organization here. Parents, take your child to vote at an Early Voting site or a precinct on Election Day to cast their very own ballot! More details about voting sites and hours can be found on the Kids Voting Durham Events page. Whether young or an adult, educate yourself about the 2018 candidates and issues. You can find more information about the 2018 Ballot on KVD Election page, download the Kids Voting Youth Candidate Guide (coming soon), or attend Kids Voting Durham Youth Candidate Forum for District Court Judge candidates. Volunteer to run a Kids Voting election site on Election Day or during early voting and help other Durham youth experience the power of vote! You can volunteer….
VIRTUAL FAMILY VOTING CELEBRATION Spanish language announcement Make voting a family affair! And be entered into a drawing for gift certificates from fantastic local businesses like Elmo’s Diner, Toast, Pompieri Pizza, or Bull City Burger! Voting is a right to be celebrated — and the biggest indicator of whether a child will grow into an informed voter is if their parents voted regularly and engaged them in elections. So tell Kids Voting Durham and MomsRising why your family votes together, and we will create a virtual gallery of Durham’s family voters. Its easy and fun: Download a copy of the “Our Family Votes” coloring page HERE or pick up a hard copy at Kids Voting Durham, 721 Foster Street, or at any Kids Voting Durham early voting site. Write or draw why your family thinks voting is important and take a picture with your family and the sign. Send your photo with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to social media and tag @kidsvotingdurham and @momsrising, or drop a hard copy at 721 Foster Street! Be creative and take your photo with your Each entry will be included in Kids Voting Durham’s Facebook and Instagram albums and be entered into….