A one-of-a-kind online simulation election platform is being developed by EdNC and will be ready in time to vote in the 2016 election. We are working with the Carolina K12 (formerly the NC Civic Education Consortium) to develop a teacher action plan and integration into the curriculum.

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First Vote NC offers an experience that will truly impact students with a lesson they will carry forward for the rest of their lives.

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High schools across North Carolina will be invited to sign up to participate in the 2016 simulation election. Students taking the American History : The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics course will serve as their school’s Board of Elections. As part of the project based learning initiative, they will make decisions about every step of the process, devise voter turnout campaigns, determine issue-based questions to include on the ballot, and publicize election results to the school community and local media.

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The entire study body will vote in local, state, and national elections using an online ballot, designed to be as close to the real thing as possible. The voting experience will conclude with an online exit poll that includes demographic and civic engagement measurement questions. The simulation polls will close at the same time as the regular polls — 7:30 PM on November 8, 2016.

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When the students arrive at school the next day, they will have access to all of the election data. This data will serve as the springboard for analysis by students in the Civics and Economics course. Why did more girls vote at our school? Why did more juniors vote than freshman? How does our school compare to the district, county, and state?

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