Steve Hoar, an attorney at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP (KDDK), took advantage of the opportunity to speak to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Newburgh as part of the Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE) Speakers’ Bureau.
On November 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 for students in grades K-12. Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education, IKE offers attorneys, judges, paralegals, and law students with the unique opportunity to volunteer for the IKE Speakers’s Bureau, where volunteers deliver a presentation about the election process at a local school.
IKE is based on the premise that voting is more often done by habit than by inspiration. With its emphasis on encouraging students to develop voting habits 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, October 11, and casting a ballot on Tuesday, November 8 – just like their parents!
Also, 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. The curriculum meets current state academic standards as approved by the Indiana Department of Education.
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has approved Indiana Kids’ Election as an official 2016 Bicentennial Legacy Project.
To learn more about IKE, visit www.inkidselection.com.