Kids to Learn About Elections, Voting at New Exhibit, Web Page

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Looking to teach your children that voting matters? Got a son moving away to college and don't know if he should use his home or college address when registering to vote? This summer, Wake County Board of Elections' "Around the County in 80 Days” outreach campaign, a free museum exhibit and a new educational web page for youth, teens and college students, are all designed to demystify the voting process.

"Around the County in 80 Days” campaign
​Board of Elections staff are working with Wake County Libraries and the City of Raleigh Museum to host county-wide events to help citizens register to vote; update their address; and learn about voter ID requirements, volunteer opportunities and options to vote in Wake County this fall (through early voting on Election Day or by absentee ballot). The information sessions are free. Visit this link to learn more and to view a full list of events.

These events offer a dynamic way for children to learn about the history of elections in Wake County, says Tiffany A. Holden, Wake County Board of Elections voter outreach coordinator. “Through interactive exhibits and hands-on play, children will have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge.”

The City of Raleigh Museum photo courtesy of Tiffany A. Holden/Wake County Board of Elections

Elections Exhibit at City of Raleigh Museum
Wake County Board of Elections has also teamed up with the City of Raleigh Museum in downtown Raleigh to host an Elections exhibit throughout July. The Board of Elections staff will also be at the museum during two downtown Raleigh events — First Friday fun (6-8 p.m., July 1), and “The Works” Fourth of July Celebration, (noon-6 p.m., July 4) — welcoming in the visitors to the exhibit. Go to see historical artifacts and voting machines from three eras. Learn about kids voting, voter registration, absentee and early voting and volunteer opportunities. 

Photo of Lever Machine, which will be in the Elections Exhibit, courtesy of Wake County Board of Elections

Web Page Designed for Kids, Teens and College Students
Wondering where your college-bound student headed in or out of state for studies should register to vote? On June 21, the Board of Elections launched a new web page designed to provide answers to all sorts of questions as well as voting resources for children, teens and college students. Visit the page to learn more.

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