Voting and Election Resources for Educators and Students

By 12:00am PST September 23, 2020

It’s September. There’s never been a more important time to focus on empowering students to be generous collaborators—students who bring their best to the table and find the best in others to co-create solutions to the world’s toughest problems. It just so happens that creating generous collaborators is an XQ Learner Goal and this month’s theme.

September also means that the 2020 election is around the corner. To help, we’ve rounded up links to dozens of high-quality civics resources to get your students engaged as active citizens. Check them out below.

1. Educate Important Voter Information

First, your students should know about their voting rights, how to register to vote, and how to get involved in the election.

Why it matters: Almost 92 million eligible Americans did not vote in the 2016 election. Voter turnout is extremely important for the nation’s democracy to function properly and for the government to provide fair representation. The more knowledge students have about voting, the more power they have.

2. Vote Know Your Rights

Voting rights play an enormous role in our nation’s democracy.

Why it matters: The right to vote has always been plagued by racism, sexism, classism, and xenophobia. It’s crucial for students to know their voting rights and understand the history and struggle for equitable voting rights in America.

3. Engage iCivics and Election Resources

There has never been a better time to engage students in their civic duty.

Why it matters: The 2020 election will be historic—all elections are. These resources specifically to promote civic education will teach students, educators, and families how to participate and encourage students to get involved in the democratic process.

4. Apply Election Projects and Challenges

Once your students learn about voting, it’s time to use projects, debates, and challenges to give students a greater opportunity to engage with the issues we’re facing this election season.

Why it matters: We can teach students about participating in our democracy all we want but in order to get them to apply their knowledge and go out and make a difference—we need to support our students in making their knowledge actionable. Here are some resources to help you do just that!

5. Involve Ways To Get Younger Students Involved

Even if your students won’t be 18 in time for the election, they can still get involved.

Why it matters: More and more young students are organizing, leading, and participating to get involved and make their voices heard. Although they may not be able to vote, there’s so much more they can do.

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