Kids Voting is a chance for your students to take part in a 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 are sent everything they need to deliver their Kids Voting election. 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. Kids Voting elections must be completed by the Tuesday immediately preceding Election Day.
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.
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.
Register your school to take part in Kids Voting
Schools will be able to register for Kids Voting online at the time of the election. 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 to participate online here. 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. You can download the teaching units online at www.elections.org.nz and we’ll send hard copies along with your Kids Voting supplies at the time of the election.