The Kids Have Spoken!
Each year, Kids Voting Durham allows youth 18 and younger to vote on the same candidates and issues as adults. In 2020, youth will be voicing their vote for offices from President & Vice President to NC Governor, legislators, and other State officials to Durham County Commissioner.s. Youth prepare an Election Guide (coming soon online) and other information for their peers so they cast an informed vote. For the first time this year, the Election Guide is also available on Instagram @kvdelectionguide
Youth can vote in a number of ways:
- Online. Kidsvotingdurham.org will have voting available starting in October during the early voting period.
- Through schools or youth groups. Sign up your club, after-school program or school to vote here or email email@example.com or call 919-560-7321. Kids Voting Durham provides you all the training and supplies for your own election free of charge.
Kids Voting typically offers voting at Durham precincts and early voting sites. However, in 2020 we are limiting voting to our online ballot in order to keep voting safe for both youth and adults!
Kids Voting Durham election results are be available on this site the morning after Election Day (if not before!). Or you can obtain them by calling 919-560-7321 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A Message to Youth Voters from Mayor Schewel and the 2020 Candidates
Kids Voting Durham (KVD) is offering youth age 14-24 virtual internship opportunities this summer. KVD is looking for volunteers who want to deepen or develop their outreach, writing, technical, design or other skills while empowering other youth to be civically engaged. All opportunities are virtual, to be completed by youth with virtual support and direction from Kids Voting staff. Working on the KVD 2021 Election Guide, KVD civic education materials, and other projects, will youth have the opportunity to learn new skills and deepen existing ones while creating materials and resources that are valued by youth ,educators, and leaders in the Durham community. Youth work in a fun, inclusive team environment where youth voice is valued and youth have a genuine decision-making role.
Kids Voting Durham Announces New Advisory Board Co-Chair Shirley Garrett Kids Voting Durham is thrilled to announce that Shirley Garrett, a long-time Kids Voting youth leadership volunteer & intern and board member, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the KVD Advisory Board. JC Swansey, who has chaired the KVD Advisory Board for the last 7 years, said “Having Shirley move from youth volunteer to youth leader to now the top level of Kids Voting leadership on the Advisory Board, takes Kids Voting another step toward being youth-led in direction and vision at all levels.” Shirley described her long history with KVD: I began volunteering with Kids Voting Durham when I was a freshman at Durham School of the Arts. I remember our Director, Carolyn using a whiteboard to draw out the differences between the responsibilities of City vs. County government. Until that point, I never realized how much of my life was deeply influenced by decisions made by people who lived mere miles from me. That day I rushed to my parents’ car when they picked me up and excitedly shared everything I had just learned. They were long-time residents of Durham but had never voted in a municipal election…..
Kids Voting Durham 2020 Annual Report Use arrows on left and right to navigate between pages 2020 Annual Report by Kids Voting Durham
In April’s issue: Learn about how the arts have inspired civic engagement, create a civic artwork and win a giftbag of goodies courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art, and wish Durham a Happy Birthday!
Kids Voting Durham Youth Service Opportunities Winter/Fall 2021 Interested? Fill out form at bottom of post.
At 23 years old, Durham County’s recently elected Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Anjali Boyd is the youngest elected official in Durham’s history. Hear Anjali’s perspective on the importance of youths’ voices, how she went from a Kids Voting Durham voter to an elected official, and the encouraging message she has for young people who are thinking of a future as an elected official!
Share your #Dream4Durham with us by Friday, Jan. 22 in honor of Dr. King — and be entered into a drawing for a KVD mask (with our cool new logo!) and be featured on our social media!
2020 Kids Voting Durham Election Results View election results data by clicking through the slides using the arrows at the bottom of the slide deck. Below you can find the results of specific schools. Click the school’s name to view their election results data. Kids Voting Durham Results by School Click the school’s name to view their election results data. School results will not be available until later Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Click links below to view more Kids Voting results data Kids Voting North Carolina Results Kids Voting USA Results
Classroom Resources for After the Election
The Virtual Stickers are here! Does Kids Voting being all online this year mean no I Voted sticker? NO WAY! It means MORE stickers, sparkly stickers stickers, colorful stickers and more ways to show off what an awesome and engaged citizen you are! Click on the stickers below to get them on the KVD Giphy channel and share them on your social media or download them and share them anywhere! Parents, you can get in on the action too! Go to Facebook Frames and search for “Kids Voting” to get this cool “My Kid Voted” frame for your profile pic! And the best part? Many of these fantastic stickers can be used year-round — not just at Election time — to show off your sense of civic pride and engaged citizenship! Thanks to KVD Board Member Rudi Petry for many of the designs and to KVD Board Member and long-time youth leader Shirley Garrett for help on the tech end!