The following is a press release from the office of Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloh:
On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Secretary McCulloch launched a new civic engagement website geared towards k-12 students, teachers and parents.
“It’s important to me that we build a culture around our children that teaches them that their lives are directly impacted by the decisions our government makes,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Their voices matter and their voices are heard through the election process and through civic engagement.”
The website showcases Montana civic leaders including Senator Mansfield who was integral in passing the 26th Amendment which allows 18-year-olds the right to vote, Lucille Otter a champion for voter registration and rights on Montana’s Indian Reservations and Maggie Smith Hathaway one of Montana’s first female state legislators.
The website also hosts monthly mock ballots, lesson plans for teachers, quizzes, downloadable games and coloring sheets, interactive lessons on the state constitution and the Montana election process and even a “build your own great seal” feature.
“I wanted to create something that not only supported our teachers in engaging students about their rights and roles as a Montana and U.S citizens, but I wanted something that students would enjoy as well,” McCulloch said.
This website comes three years after McCulloch started the “18 and Ready” program which reaches out to 18-year-olds about the registration and voting process. The program is an effort to increase voter registration of our youngest eligible voting population and has already reached out to nearly 35,000 Montanans.
“It’s important as the Secretary of State and Chief Elections Official that I do everything I can to ensure that not only every eligible voter has access to a transparent and fair election process but also as a teacher that we are preparing the next generation of voters to be civically engaged in their communities,” McCulloch said.
The site which launched today is part of an overall civics outreach effort which will include a fall classroom civics tour.
The Montana Civics Engagement site can be found at http://sos.mt.gov/civics