Indiana Kids' Election
On Nov. 8, students across Indiana will elect their own governor, president and senator in a show of active citizenship through Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), an award-winning mock election program. Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education, and funded in part by the Indiana Bar Foundation, IKE based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration but more often done by habit.
With its special emphasis on encouraging students to develop one’s voting habit at an early age, IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible. Statewide, students participate in voting milestones such as registering to vote on or before Tuesday, Oct. 11, and casting a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8 – just like their parents!
Under Indiana law, schools are required to give instruction on the election process two weeks preceding a general election for all students in grades 6-12. IKE, where the voting age is lowered to 5, helps Indiana schools meet this requirement by providing comprehensive curriculum guides, free of charge, to participating schools.
Indiana attorneys also have the unique opportunity to participate in this program by volunteering for the IKE Speakers’ Bureau, where attorney volunteers deliver one-hour classroom presentations about the election process, how to make informed choices about candidates and more.
IKE is open to public and private schools and home-school groups. All students in grades K-12 may participate. Teachers can sign up at www.inkidselection.com anytime leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. However, to participate in the full IKE program, teachers are encouraged to sign up on or before the voter registration deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. The 2016 Curriculum Guides are provided, free of charge, to participating schools. Participants will also receive “I Voted” stickers in the mail for students on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.
Teachers also have the opportunity to choose whether or not you’d like an attorney to come present to your class on a date before the election day on November 8, 2016.
Teachers are also encouraged to access the comprehensive lesson plans, free of charge, at www.inkidselection.com, which meet current academic standards and were developed by a team of Indiana educators.
For more information, contact Carissa Long, Indiana State Bar Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Kids Election is endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project
Carol M. Adinamis, Westfield, is a partner at the firm Adinamis & Saunders PC, where she focuses on business formation and planning, estate planning, mediation and taxation. She currently serves as president of the Indiana State Bar Association, the single largest legal organization in the state. Previously, Carol served as a CPA at Arthur Andersen. She received her B.S. in accounting from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1987 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 1992. Carol is a member of the Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Indiana State (member, board of governors; chair, House of Delegates; treasurer, board of governors; chair, Legal Ethics Committee) and American bar associations, Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs. She is also an active member of the Brebeuf Jesuit Mothers Association and Westfield Intermediate School PTO.