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See how North Carolina's youth voted in the 2017 local elections.

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Nominated for a 2017 national American Civic Collaboration (Civvys) Award!

Create an authentic civic experience for your students!

includes realistic election simulation, lesson plans, exit polls, and data comparisons with peers across the state

Engaging, easy to use, and FREE

Working to make Students Civically Engaged, Actively Prepared, and Consistently Inspired.


Sign up closes on [October 16, 2017]

Announcing the EducationNC $1,000 Civics Incentive!

Every public or charter North Carolina high school that signs up and holds a First Vote school-wide local election simulation will be eligible. Post-election, First Vote will draw a school's name out of the proverbial hat and send them a check for $1,000 to be used for civic education at their school.

Attention All High School Civics Teachers:

Local Election Package Available for 2017 Fall Races.


First Vote NC, with the help of Carolina K-12, NCDPI and EdNC launched a civic engagement curriculum and election simulation platform in conjunction with the 2016 elections for NC public and charter high schools. More than 32,000 students voted in 46 counties in the state. While the national elections may get the most attention, we can’t forget that American democracy requires active engagement every year. That’s why First Vote, with the help of our partners, has designed a package for local elections with an expanded curriculum and enhanced online voter platform. Local elections provide the perfect opportunity for teachers to make students aware of issues happening in their own communities. If students have an opportunity to practice voting every year, voting becomes a habit. Let’s make North Carolina a leader in cultivating civically engaged and informed young people.

Standards Aligned

First Vote NC is a free project-based initiative designed around the North Carolina Essential Standards. The Carolina K-12 has developed a toolkit including an implementation guide, lesson plans, and additional resources, giving you the structure and flexibility to bring this program into your classroom and school.

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.

Project Based

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.

Bigger Picture

Graphically illustrated election results and downloadable data sets 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.


Our Impact


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!

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

This was a wonderful idea and amazing inaugural year.

The best part was the way that First Vote was able to tap into a population base that was apathetic and ignorant of the voting process. The students had no knowledge of the process nor did they want to gain knowledge of the process until they found out they were going to be a part of the process.

I loved this initiative and the real-world application. I wish we could find a way touse these ideas even when there is not a presidential election. Would it be possible to include state and local elections every year?

- Civics teacher and First Vote user

It isn’t enough to just register — it isn’t even enough to just vote. Our aim is to create an informed and involved citizenry.

Thanks to the future voters at Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC for this video.

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