More than 20,000 students will cast ballots
As executive director of Kids Voting Mesa County, I celebrate my involvement with our students and our nonpartisan community civics organization, which has been in the county since 1996.
Many community organizations, companies and individuals (Democrats, independents and Republicans) have financially supported our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for 16 years. The Daily Sentinel, School District 51 and the Mesa County Elections office are three of our many strong supporters.
Kids Voting works with public, private and home-schooled students to understand our democratic way of life and the importance of registering to vote, learning about the candidates and ballot issues, voting and then becoming involved in their local community.
Election 2012 for Mesa County students will involve more than 20,000 from kindergarten to seniors in high school. The contents of their ballots will vary by age.
Kindergartners will have the chance to vote for president/vice president after doing lessons about “Who Do You Trust” and looking at the adults and older students in whom they place their trust.
At the other end of the spectrum, high school students will vote on president/vice president, our representative for Congressional District 3, our Colorado House District 54 representative and a question relating to the adult ballot issue 65 that deals with candidate campaign spending.
Kids Voting believes that nonpartisan teaching materials for educators must accompany any item appearing on a student online ballot. Kids Voting firmly believes that students must vote, but only as informed voters. It starts that process with nonpartisan lessons, resources, videos, etc.
Kids Voting would like to encourage all community members to view one of its favorite resources this year: a candidate video for House District 55. The 20-minute videos (elementary and secondary videos) feature local students providing a quick lesson about the Colorado Legislature, followed by student nonpartisan interviews of Virgil Fenn, Dan Robinson and Ray Scott. Candidates are asked the same questions and given the same time to respond.
To access these, go to http://www.kidsvotingmc.org and click on the video links on the homepage. These videos may help you become a more informed voter, as well.
If you would like to ensure that Kids Voting continues to work in a nonpartisan manner to encourage our students to be informed, vote and get involved in their community, go to our website (http://www.kidsvotingmc.org) and contribute.
We hope to see you at our banquet Feb. 21 at Colorado Mesa University.