Academic journal article Social Education

Turning Students on and out to Vote: Helpful Websites as Election Day Draws Near

Academic journal article Social Education

Turning Students on and out to Vote: Helpful Websites as Election Day Draws Near

Article excerpt

As Election Day comes closer, teachers will have no trouble finding election-related information on the sites of any of the major national news programs. Our readers may also be interested in some other sites with material that is specialized, timely, and appealing to students.

Turnout

Both of the following sites are specifically oriented to programs that teach students the importance of turning out to vote. Each offers substantive election-related curriculum to teachers:

KidsVoting USA (www.kidsvotingusa.org) promotes voting experiences for students that replicate adult voting. Some students accompany their parents to official polling sites and vote in special ballot boxes, while others vote at school or online.

www.nationalmockelection.com is the website of the National Student-Parent Mock Election, which will take place this year on October 30. More than 4 million students, teachers, and parents participated in the Mock Election of 2004.

The following two sites are youth-oriented and designed to engage young people.

www.rockthevote.com aims to turn out the youth vote; it provides information on how, where, and when to vote, and offers programs for voter turnout.

www.declareyourself.com is dedicated to encouraging every eligible 18-year-old to vote, and offers information on deadlines and election issues, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section.

The Campaigns

The Federal Election Commission website at www.fec.gov has information on elections, voter turnout and campaign finance.

Project Vote Smart, at www.votesmart.org, is a nonpartisan resource that provides information on the voting records, positions, and interest group ratings of elected officials, state ballot measures in the upcoming elections, and links to information on campaign finances.

www.opensecrets.org is the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that tracks financial contributions to politicians. You can find out which companies and industries contribute most to your senator or representative, or compare the amounts that different industries give to Democrats and Republicans. …

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