Kids Voting is a chance for your students to take part in this year's general election. Students vote for real candidates, on a real ballot paper, and compare the results of their classrooms' election with the results of the real election.
Kids Voting is designed to raise awareness among young people about New Zealand's electoral processes. Building first-hand experience of active participation by young people increases their personal understanding, belief and confidence in electoral participation.
Registered schools will be sent everything they need to deliver their Kids Voting election at the end of Term 2. You’ll receive a Teacher’s Guide, ballot box and other resources to support you to deliver Kids Voting at your school.
Kids Voting ballot papers are sent electronically to teachers from two-and-a-half weeks before Election Day - Saturday 23 September. Kids Voting elections must be completed by the Tuesday, 19 September.
You choose the amount of preparation and classroom time allocated to Kids Voting. How much you cover will depend on how much time you have available. The basics of Kids Voting will take one to two sessions (voting and counting the votes).
Thousands of students across New Zealand have had their say with Kids Voting. Over 147,000 students took part in Kids Voting for the second referendum on the New Zealand flag that was held in early 2016.
Register your school to take part in Kids Voting
Schools need to register to take part in Kids Voting. Before you register your school to participate in the Kids Voting programme you should consider the following:
- Identify one key liaison person at your school who the Electoral Commission can communicate with. The liaison person should register the school and let us know how many teachers need need to be sent resources. We’ll send electronic copies of the Kids Voting ballot papers directly to the liaison person at the time of the election.
- Talk to your colleagues and decide which class year(s) will take part in Kids Voting at your school
- Decide how much time your school has to prepare and deliver Kids Voting.
- Consider which curriculum-linked resources your school needs. Copies of the Your Voice, Your Choice teaching units will be sent with your Kids Voting resources at the end of Term 2. The teaching units are also available online here if you would like to use them earlier.
Curriculum-linked teaching units
We encourage you to cover material in the Your Voice, Your Choice resources that are aligned with Levels 3 to 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum and Level 5 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
These resources were developed to help schools deliver engaging activities designed to encourage students' understanding and enthusiasm for participating in their communities and the voting process.