Voting and Election Resources for Educators and Students

There has never been a more important time for young people to be civically engaged. Here are resources for educators to get students involved.

By Team XQ

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.


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.

First-time voter checklist

Resources to register, vote, and get involved

Preregistration for young voters

Rock the Vote election resources for young people

Database of election offices and voter registrations


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.

Increasing access to the democratic process

Learning about the struggle for voting rights

Teaching about voting rights toolkit

Empowering students to be community advocates for voting

Staying safe while voting during the pandemic


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.

Checklist for teaching democracy

Toolkit for teaching civics

iCivics – The Importance of Civics Education in this National Moment

Articles on democracy and civics engagement

Citizenship education for all

Free social studies resources for teachers

“My School Votes” program

2020 election writing prompts, lesson plans and more

Election and voting teacher resources


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!

KQED 2020 Election Youth Media Challenge

The Election Collection videos, activities, and lesson plans

15 digital media projects for the 2020 election

Student mock election


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.

How to have election conversations with activist Logan Browning

Power to the Polls polling place sign-up

How to get involved in the 2020 election if you’re under 18

Separate truth from fiction in this free online course

How to Become a Poll Worker

Why Do We Need Poll Workers? Calling Younger Americans, Including High School Students


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