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2018 Alaska General Election- Kids Voting North Alaska

Alaska General Election Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The following excerpts are from the Kids Voting North Alaska General Election 2018 publication. This publication is for students, parents, and teachers to support civic education in Interior Alaska.

To read the whole publication follow the link at the bottom of this article. 

Artwork: 2014 Kids Voting North Alaska Poster Contest, Grades 6-8, 1st Place, Kaye Seol, Anne Wien Elementary School, Ms. Swift
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."

-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

How important are a few votes in Alaska?

EVERY vote counts in Alaska.

In 2010, FOUR votes gave Dan Saddler the Republican Party of Alaska’s nomination for State Representative in House District 18 over Bill Cook in the Primary Election, following a recount.

In 1984, ONE vote gave Mary Ratcliff the Alaska Democratic Party’s nomination for State Representative, House District 12, over Bob Childers in the Primary Election, following a recount.

In 2006, ZERO votes separated Bryce Edgmon from Carol Moses in State House District 37 in the Primary Election, who tied with 767 votes each as a result of the outcome of an appeal to a recount. A coin toss determined Bryce Edgmon as the winner.

Artwork: "Born To Vote" 2014 Poster Contest, Grades 6-8, 2nd Place, Nina Harbison, Barnette Magnet School, Ms. Harrod

Who voted in the 2016 Presidential Election?

More than 138 million people voted in the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

USA Eligible Voters

42% did not vote
58% voted

Alaska Eligible Voters

49% did not vote
51% voted

Fairbanks Borough Eligible Voters

45% did not vote
55% voted

Fairbanks Kids Voting Voters

56% did not vote
44% voted
Artwork: "Super Boy in Front of Flag" 2005 Poster Contest, Grade 9-12, 1st Place, Happy Dong, West Valley High School
"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised... for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."

- President Lyndon B. Johnson

Artwork: "Born To Vote With American Flag" 2014 Poster Contest, Grades 3-5, 1st Place, Sophia Padilla, North Pole Elementary, Mr. Wade

Does ONE VOTE make the difference?

A few of many examples for how ONE VOTE made the difference. 

In 1867, The Alaska Purchase was ratified by just one vote, paving the way for the eventual admission of America’s largest state in 1958.

In 1920, one vote in a last-minute decision ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi party.

In 1994, the U.S. House of Representatives enacted a law banning specific classes of assault weapons. The vote was initially tied but one member changed his vote to approve the ban.

In 2017, two candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates tied, and the election was decided by placing their names in old film canisters and shuffling them in a clear bowl to draw a winner.

"Not voting is not a protest, it is a surrender."

-Keith Ellison

Artwork: "My Vote Gives Me Power" 2005 Poster Contest, Grades 6-8, 1st Place, Erik Carlson, Pearl Creek Elementary School, Ms. Port


View our entire Kids Voting North Alaska: General Election 2018 publication and discover:

-General Election Sample Ballot

-Tips for Talking to Kids About Elections

-State and National Voting Statistics

-Voter Registration Information

-U.S. Suffrage Timeline

-Importance of Voting Information

-Voting Vocabulary Explained

-Books About Voting

-Voter IQ Quiz

-Kids Voting Scholarship Information

-Kids Voting Student Contest Information

Click below to view the entire publication!