Last school year, over 10,000 Columbus City students cast their votes in a mock election organized by Library Media Services and the Social Studies Department, in partnership with Kids Voting of Central Ohio. Kids Voting of Central Ohio, a non-partisan voter education program, offers a mock election to elementary, middle and high school students in the Columbus City School District that reflects the local, state, and national election.
Unfortunately, there will be no Kids Voting Mock Election this school year. However, if your schools are interested in holding a mock election this year, we can recommend several other options for your schools to investigate.
iCivics - iCivics website has a three-day simulation through which students act out the campaigning and voting process by simulating a real election in their own classroom. https://www.icivics.org/teachers/lesson-plans/mock-election
Scholastic - Scholastic offers a mock election program including lesson plans for grades 3-5 and 6-8 https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/hold-mock-presidential-election/
NEA - The NEA website had extensive resources and lessons for the 2016 election, which are likely to be updated and repeated for 2020. http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/64341.htm
2018 CCS Kids Voting Results
- K-12 Columbus students voted Richard Cordray for Governor.
- Students in grades K-2 voted the Eagle as the favorite American symbol.
- Click here for additional results from the 2018 CCS November Kids Voting Election.
CCS 2019 Kids Voting Ballot - Coming Soon!
- Kids Voting USA, K-12 Curriculum*Sign-in to Google with your CCS email address and password to access the curriculum.
- Kids Voting of Central Ohio - K-12 curriculum activities and information about programs for their students
- Rock the Vote - uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election
- PBS-Kids: The Democracy Project - Curriculum resources for Grades 3-6
- The Living Room Candidate / Museum of the Moving Image - online exhibition presenting more than 300 television commercials from every election year since 1952, when the first campaign TV ads aired
- Factcheck.org - nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" site that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases