Winner of a national American Civic Collaboration (Civvys) award!

Create an authentic civic experience for your students!

  • School-wide mock elections

  • Free for all NC public & charter high schools

  • Easy to set up & easy to use

North Carolina

Engaging the
next generation of voters

First Vote NC helps teachers bridge the gap between what students are learning in civics class and how they use that information in the real world. Let's make North Carolina a leader in cultivating civically engaged and informed young people.

First Vote NC Features

  • Full simulation election platform
  • National, state, and local elections
  • Teaches how to vote and why it matters
  • Engages students on issues that matter to them
  • Shares election results for student analysis
  • Cultivates the habit of voting in all elections

Using next generation
experiential learning

User Friendly

All you need is any device connected to the internet — computer, tablet, or smartphone. Simply register your school to participate and the simulation election platform built by EdNC will automatically generate a customizable ballot, all based on your school's address.

First Vote NC is designed to tie in with the American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics course. It teaches real-world knowledge and higher order thinking as it asks students to reflect, solve problems, answer complex questions, work with others, lead, and produce a public product.

Project Based

Bigger Picture

Graphically illustrated election results provide an easy and fun way for students to analyze the data — helping students look at themselves, their school, and their peers across North Carolina in the context of elections and political issues.

Working to make students
civically engaged,
actively prepared,
and consistently inspired

What teachers and students are saying

This was an excellent resource and set of activities, well put together. Emails were timely and helpful. The website was a breeze to navigate. My students are still talking about it. This may have impacted them more than any other activity they have participating in this semester!

- Teacher

I truly appreciate the effort of the staff, the quality of lesson plans available. I know that my students understand the electoral process better because of First Vote! Thanks for helping me become a more effective Civics teacher to my students!

- Teacher

In participating in First Vote, it was a way to actually take part in American politics and understand the importance of voting. First Vote allowed me to experience what it is like to vote on election day, such as the possibility to wait in line, registering to vote, and the importance of the results. With the results of the election simulation, convinced me, and hopefully others, the importance of voting when it is election day.

- Student

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