Youth VOTE ARKANSAS
Youth Vote Arkansas is a state wide mock election. The initiative has two components:
1) the mock election for K-12 students,
2) voter registration for eligible high school students.
Election Prep Materials
- Elections: Everything You Need K-8 material on the importance of democracy.
- Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage Gr. 7-12 Examines attitudes about women before they won the right to vote.
- Evaluating Polling Methods and Results Gr. 7-12 Learn polling terms and how to evaluate poll methodologies and results.
- Arkansas Teacher’s guide on Teaching Civics in an Election Year
- Arkansas Voter Education Resources
- Which Level of Government? Workbook
- Voting Rights Timeline
- 16 Famous Spots Where Primary History Was Made - From Lindy's Diner in Keene to the Ballot Room at the Balsams, discover some of the iconic sites of the NH Primary.
- Cast Your Vote - You choose debate questions, rate responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice.
- Win the White House - Manage your own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances.
- Inside the Voting Booth Gr. 3-8 Introduce students to history of suffrage in America, understand why it is important to vote, and vote in a mock issues survey.
Election News Sources
AR-CAN – the Arkansas Citizens Access Network – provides unprecedented access to state government, giving Arkansas citizens a front row seat to legislative proceedings, board and commission meetings, and other government hearings and activities.
Reporting and analysis on Arkansas, with coverage of politics, Little Rock, and more.
"Arkansas Week" highlights a dedicated, distinguished group of Arkansas journalists and political scientists who discuss issues in the news.
A nonpartisan opinion research organization.
A targeted, nonpartisan search engine just for politics and policy.
Election Laws and Voting Districts
- Arkansas Election Division - Learn how to register to vote in Arkansas, find out where the polling places are in your community, find out how to file for office, and find out what type of voting machines are being used in different communities.
- Arkansas Secretary of State - Voting and election information including elections results for past elections.
- Federal Election Commission - This site contains information about campaign finance regulations for federal offices, as well as information about elections and voting.
Presidential Primary History
- Dave Lip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - This site has detailed information on national results for the major and minor candidates for U.S. President in the presidential elections from 1789 through 2000. Individual year pages include candidates, parties, popular and electoral vote totals, maps, charts, and voter turnout (1932-2000). Also, there are state results pages for the elections from 1896 through 2000 with county level maps and data for the elections from 1960 through 2000. Wow!
- WyzAnt - This site features audio files of figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, FDR, and Richard Nixon.
General Election Resources
- League of Women Voters - This site features voter education resources and information.
- Open Secrets - Follow the money trail! Find out who is giving money to campaigns. You can search for campaign contributions by individual donor name or by PAC, industry, or soft money. You can also look at a contribution report for individual candidates.
- Circle - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement and Learning - CIRCLE, based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York, conducts, collects, and funds research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. You will find a wealth of research-based materials here that look at youth voting and civic engagement.
Political Sites for Students
- Rock the Vote Grades 7-12 This site for teens and young adults features coverage of issues like education, the environment, free expression and violence. The site also contains information about registering to vote and becoming politically active.
- Elections Grade 4-12 This site from the Library of Congress provides primary source materials, lesson plans and other resources focused on elections.
- Congress for Kids: Elections Grades 3-8 This site from the Dirksen Congressional Center features information about the primaries, the political parties, the national party conventions and more.
- Ben's Guide to U.S. Government Grades K-12 With sections for grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; and parents and teachers, this site from the U.S. Government Printing Office features overviews of how government works and includes games and activities for the student.
- What are the Requirements to Vote?