Kids Voting St. Paul, a six-year-old chapter of Kids Voting USA, hopes to have 20,000 students participate in the 2006 election.
On November 7, students in grades K–6 can accompany their parents or teachers to one of 104 official polling places and cast their ballots at a Kids Voting booth. Participating middle, junior high and high school students can cast online ballots at a special Web site. Results will be tabulated and reported to the media.
Other election-related activities include a gubernatorial debate for students, a voting study guide and coloring books, and visits to schools by “spokeseagle” General Election.
The debate will be held October 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mall of America and will be attended by students from Kids Voting chapters across Minnesota.
General Eagle, an American eagle dressed in Colonial-era clothing, will visit elementary schools in the weeks prior to Election Day and talk about the election process and the importance of voting.
Kids Voting USA educates K–12 students about the U.S. electoral process and gives them an opportunity to vote in an election that closely replicates the official one. National studies have found a 3–5 percent increase in adult voter turnout in communities with Kids Voting programs.
In 2005, Kids Voting St. Paul received the national Founders Award for Community Spirit, presented by Kids Voting USA.
Kids Voting St. Paul is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) organization. Its partners and sponsors include St. Paul Travelers Foundation, the city of St. Paul, the Pioneer Press, the 3-M Foundation, Ecolab, State Farm Insurance, U.S. Trust, Park Midway Bank, the Elmer L. Andersen Foundation and the St. Paul Public Schools.