HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It used to be called "Kids Voting" but it has a new name now. We Vote Hawaii is an opportunity for kids from kindergarten to the 12th grade to participate in the voting process. Lyla Berg, the founder of We Vote Hawaii and 5th grader Kaden Moody appeared on Sunrise to demonstrate how the online ballot works. To learn more, read their press release below or go to http://wevotehawaii.org.
WeVoteHawaii … formally Kids Voting Hawaii
WeVoteHawaii is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization
partnering with public, private, charter, and home schools statewide,
whose mission is two-fold: to prepare youth for a lifetime of voting,
and to encourage adult voter participation.
WeVoteHawaii provides K-12 age-appropriate curriculum and
classroom activities, which align with the Hawaii State Social
Studies Standards, and address the 'civic responsibility' and 'civic
character' measurements. High technology combines with civics
lessons to inspire youth to explore the General Election candidates
and issues, engage in dialogue with their peers and family, and
prepare for a lifetime of voting.
An affiliate of Kids Voting USA, Kids Voting Hawaii was initiated in
1996, with support of Rotary Clubs statewide. In the first three
General Elections, more than 125,000 students voted at adult
polling sites on paper ballots for only the major candidates. In the
2002 General Election, Hawaii students were the first in the nation
to vote statewide by computer, thanks to the cutting edge Internet
technology of Commercial Data Systems.
Students log on to www.wevotehawaii.org and enter their precinct
and district numbers, and receive virtually the same ballot their
parents get, when they go to the adult polling places. In General
Election 2006, 97,500 students cast their ballots via the Internet.
In 2008 119,756 students voted online. The 2010 General Election
attracted 108,486. In 2012, 120,066 students logged on to vote.
Students decided on a name and logo change in advance of the
2014 General Elections when nearly 110,000 students voted. IMUA WeVoteHawaii !
STUDENTS STATEWIDE WILL GO ONLINE
TO VOTE IN THE 2016 WeVoteHawaii GENERAL ELECTION
Students K-12 in public, private, charter and home schools can log on
to www.wevotehawii.org and Practice Voting for candidates and
student issues beginning September 26. To Practice Vote, the
students will need their precinct and district numbers and grade level,
but they will not need their individual Student Password.
October 25-November 8, the WeVoteHawaii General Election will be
held online, and individual Student Passwords will be needed…onestudent-
one-vote. At 6 PM November 8th, the WVH ballot results will
be posted online. Hawaii will know how the next generation of voters
perceived the candidates and decided on the age appropriate student
The opportunity to experience democracy first hand and engage in
dialogue with their peers and parents makes WeVoteHawaii a
meaningful portal to civic education!