Kids Voting Missouri would like
to welcome all students and teachers
back to school for the 2018-2019 year.

Welcome to Kids Voting Missouri



Our nation was founded on many basic rights and freedoms. Through the last several hundred years, many groups have struggled for one of our most precious rights—the right to vote. They have marched; they have protested; and they have given their lives for the right to cast a ballot.

Today, many countries around the world are still fighting for this right. Yet, many Americans seem to "throw away their right to vote" by choosing not to register to vote or choosing not to case a ballot.  Kids Voting Missouri is trying to turn this apathy around. We understand that today's youth are America's future.

Our goal at Kids Voting is to empower young people early in life to participate in our democracy and let their voices be heard. By participating in Kids Voting students learn about government, democracy, voting, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The program creates an expectation that they will become lifelong, informed voters at age 18.

Through our parent organization, Kids Voting USA, we provide wonderful classroom activities that encourage dialogue and community involvement. Kids Voting Missouri also provides an opportunity for an authentic voting experience for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Weeks before the election, students learn about the candidates and issues and importance of registering and voting. They talk about politics, majority rule, branches and levels of government; they learn about compromise, dissent, and a representative democracy. They learn to respect other people's beliefs and views and understand that it is okay to respecfully disagree.

Then on or near Election Day, via Kids Voting USA's on-line voting system called DoubleClick Democracy, Kids Voting students have the opportunity to vote on many of the same candidates and issues as the adult voters.  Kids Voting USA has always had a "trickle-up" effect, that is students teaching parents about the importance of voting.

Congratulations to the Ritenour School District for being the first Kids Voting Missouri school district to participate back in 1996.  For Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Ritenour,  and University City, Election 2018 will represent 20 years of participating in Kids Voting Missouri.

Sandy Diamond, Kids Voting Missouri Program Coordinator, University of Missouri-St. Louis/College of Education

By participating in Kids Voting Missouri, STUDENT VOICES CAN BE HEARD!

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Note: KVMO administers Kids Voting for the Eastern part of Missouri. For other parts of Missouri, please contact Kids Voting USA directly to discuss options for participation.  Contact: Mrs. Kevin Ruegg, Executive Director, KVUSA & Director, Arizona Bar Foundation: P: 602-340-7356 | F: 602-773-3105 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |