Kids Can Vote in 2016 Election Too

Charlotte kids can cast ballots in nation's largest community-based mock election

Early voting is open through Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. It took about 30 minutes waiting in line at lunch Friday at the West Boulevard Library for me and two co-workers to cast our ballots. In one of the biggest elections in my lifetime, I feel good to know my ballot is cast, but I'm also talking to my son about this election and am glad he can experience casting his vote too.

Charlotte-area students have the opportunity to cast their own Election 2016 ballots, and earn their own "I Voted" stickers, in the GenerationNation mock election. The nonpartisan civic education program focuses on civic literacy and critical thinking and is the nation's largest community-based mock election activity. Students learn about the candidates and issues and then practice voting at schools, online, or in polling places.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, kids can vote at nine Early Voting sites hosted by GenerationNation volunteers in Mecklenburg County (listed below). On Monday, Nov. 7, many schools are hosting mock election for their students. On Election Day, Nov. 8, kids can vote at over 40 sites hosted by GenerationNation volunteers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Student voters may visit any site and do not have to wait in line. Visit GenerationNation.org to find a location near you, access teaching materials, or vote online.

Early Voting sites hosted by GenerationNation volunteers:

Beatties Ford Library
Independence Library
Mountain Island Library
Mint Hill Library
North County Library
South County Library
Sugar Creek Library
University City Library
West Boulevard Library

Before you head to the polls as a family, use these tips on how to talk politics with your kids.