Why is Students Voting important?

Voter turnout has been in crisis for decades. Even in the 2008 presidential election, which had the highest voter-turnout rate since 1968, nearly 39% of eligible voters stayed home. Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. Students Voting emphasizes the importance of civic engagement and informed voting in order to create the next generation of voters.

How will Students Voting work this year?

In the weeks leading up to the election, teachers in grades 2-12 will use the Students Voting activities to teach students about the rights, responsibilities, and mechanics of voting. Lessons can be found on the Students Voting website http://mncivicyouth.org/lessons-by-grade-level/. On Nov. 2 and 3, students will vote on their school-issued devices via a link provided by Students Voting MN. All results will be tabulated electronically and will be made available following the election.

Which grades are involved?

All students in grades 2-12 will participate in the Students Voting program.

Where can I find the classroom activities?

A complete list of the Students Voting lessons by grade level can be found by following this link. http://mncivicyouth.org/lessons-by-grade-level/

Will a sample ballot be made available for us to use?

Yes. Students Voting MN will provide a customized sample ballot for Shakopee, as well as an online Voter's Guide. These will be available mid-October.