Never too Young…to Learn about Voting!

August 2, 2022

Next Tuesday, August 16th is the primary election.  Now is the time to finalize your voting plans.

If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot, follow the directions carefully. Be sure to get a witness’s signature and return your ballot by election day! Alaska Division of Elections has a helpful video that answers common questions.

If you plan to vote during early voting from August 1-15, take a moment to confirm that early voting is available near you. Early voting locations can be found here.

And finally, if you’re going to vote on election day, double-check your polling location here. Several locations changed due to redistricting.

While you’re finalizing your voting plans, consider how you can include your children or classroom in your election activities. Research has shown that talking about politics and elections with children increases the likelihood they will vote as adults. Whether you need activities for your classroom or your living room, here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Talk About Voting
Talk to your children about the election and what issues are influencing your voting decisions. And, whether you vote in person or by mail, let them watch you fill out the ballot and discuss the process together.

2. Read About Elections
Reading is a great way to help children connect with real-life events. Here’s a list of books about elections and voting for ages 0-10.

3. Hold a Mock Election
Put the voting process into practice by holding your own family or classroom election. First, decide what you’ll vote for – maybe the snack for the day or the family activity for the upcoming weekend. Then create ballots and hold your election! Older kids may want to create campaign posters or make speeches about their favorite “candidate.” And if you want to hold a “ranked choice voting” election Alaska Children’s Trust has a ballot ready for you to use!

For even more inspiration on getting children involved during this election season, check out the links below.