Kids Voting Edina

Kids Voting Edina is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating Edina's youth on the voting process -- and giving them the ability to go to the polls to exercise their right to vote!

Kids Voting Edina is a sub-segment of Kids Voting USA. Kids Voting Edina is made possible by a joint effort between Edina Public Schools and the City of Edina, as well as many sponsors in the business community. 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 research, communities that have participated in Kids Voting projects have increased overall voter turnout by 3 to 5 percent with the voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds increasing up to 14 percent.

For more information on Kids Voting Edina, contact Julie Rogers Bascom, Service Learning Coordinator for Edina Public School, at 952-848-3957. 

How It Works
In the weeks leading up to the election, Edina K-9 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 students the democratic process.

Students in grades K-12 are then invited to the adult polling sites with their parents or guardians 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.


Kids Voting FAQ

What is Kids Voting Minnesota?
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.

Is Kids Voting Edina different than Kids Voting Minnesota?
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.

How will kids learn about the voting process?
Students in grades K-9 will learn about Kids Voting in civics class. In addition, Edina teachers have the option of using supportive curriculum provided by Kids Voting Minnesota.

Where do the kids vote?
Kids vote at the same polling location as their parents in a separate space designated for Kids Voting Edina.

When do kids vote?
Kids vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. This timeframe prevents Kids Voting from interfering with class time.

How old do kids need to be to vote?
No child is too young to participate in Kids Voting; however, children should be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Is the Kids Voting Ballot limited to the local election?
The Kids Voting Edina ballot will include the races for President, Senate, Supreme Court, State Senate, State Representatives, Constitutional Amendments, Edina Mayor and Edina City Council.

How do I know if my polling location is participating in Kids Voting Edina?
All polling locations within the Edina Public Schools district are participating in Kids Voting

What if my child attends Edina Public Schools, but does not live in the Edina school district?
The Kids Voting Edina program is only offered at polling locations within the Edina Public Schools district. However, many cities have established their own Kids Voting programs. Check the Kids Voting USA for more information. Kids may also have the opportunity to vote “absentee.” Ask your child’s teacher if this option is available.

Where can I find the Kids Voting election results?
While the votes are not part of the official election, the results of Kids Voting Edina are posted here and Edina Public Schools’ website.

Election Results  -  Download the 2012 Kids Voting Election Results.

I would like to help. Do you need volunteers?
Yes! The Kids Voting Edina program has a great need for volunteers – especially the day of the election. As a volunteer, you may be asked to count votes, collect ballets or assist with setup. Former volunteers have found contributing their time to this effort to be extremely gratifying. Shifts run in two-hour intervals. Contribute as much or as little time as you would like. Contact Heather Haen Anderson for your assignment at 952-688-8081.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Kids Voting Committee facilitator Julie Rogers Bascom with additional questions at 952-848-3957.

For More Information:

Kids Voting Sponsors

City of Edina
Connecting With Kids
League of Woman Voters
Edina Education Fund
Edina Public Schools
Edina Chamber of Commerce
Edina Community Foundation
Jerry's Foods


Administration Department

4801 W. 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Vote in Honor of a Veteran

New this year is the "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program, which encourages youth to identify a veteran and vote in honor of his or her service to our country. Students can wear a button in support of a specific veteran and also go online and write a tribute to the veteran. Student buttons can be found at any Edina school or at the poll location. 

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