I Voted! Student Election

Kids Voting

Experience elections with GenerationNation’s Student Election!

Still known to many as Kids Voting, the student election program of GenerationNation offers K-12 students opportunities to learn about and get involved in elections each year though a mock vote, service-learning in polling places, student council elections, teacher curriculum and more. Since the program was launched in Charlotte in 1992, hundreds of thousands of students have participated.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg area

Every year, each student has the exciting opportunity to experience elections! Students in kindergarten through high school participate in a variety of ways, including:

  • Learning about candidates, issues, and democracy
  • Casting a student vote
  • Visiting and volunteering in community polling sites
  • Partnering with a school or youth organization to operate a student voting booth – a great service-learning opportunity!

Election results are counted and shared after Election Day.

Cities and school districts in other areas

GenerationNation’s programs are available to all teachers and students in any location. Contact us to learn how to involve your school or youth program in GenerationNation and the student election!

Classroom Activities

The I Voted sticker is just the start! Standards-based classroom activities are available through the year for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Use the election to drive interest and strengthen comprehension in social studies, reading, writing and math through the year!


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Charter, independent, religious and home schools

Mecklenburg County Board of Elections

Teaching for Democracy Alliance/Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a program of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University (GenerationNation is a member of the TDFA coalition that is working to provide high quality, evidence-based curriculum and strategies for civic literacy)

Arizona Bar Foundation/KVUSA

Other organizations

Election 2020 Toolkit

Election 2019 Toolkit

2019 Curriculum and Information

Election 2019 lessons, candidate information, and educational resources

  • Election 2019 Resource Toolkit
    • Lesson plans for grades K-12, strategies for integrating real world content into existing lesson plans, and alignment guides for different content areas
    • Educational resources including guides, Election 2019 Jigsaw and Rate the Candidates Decision-Making Charts, and more.
  • Teacher overview and materials sign up
  • Student Election – Election 2019 (October 25-November 5, 2019).
    • On the ballot: Mayor (Charlotte and towns), Board of Education At-Large, Mecklenburg County Referendum, and CMS Student Advisor to School Board
    • Ballot questions geared for different grade levels and ease of use
  • After the vote – civic literacy and action beyond Election Day (includes local government, civic issues, and Election 2020)

Teacher instructions for 2019 voting activity

On the 2019 student ballot

Mayor (Charlotte and towns)

Board of Education

Mecklenburg County Sales Tax Referendum

CMS School Board Student Advisor

Student Election 2019

October 25-November 5, 2019

Where to vote!

Election results


Student Council Elections
Let us host your next student council election. Contact us for more information.