Young Voters Workshop
Empowering young citizens— that's the mission of the Secretary of State's Young Voters Workshop. Hundreds of students from all around the state participate in the day-long programs held each March and September.
This is one of our most popular student programs, and educating voters and future voters is one of our most important activities.
The workshop demonstrates the importance of voting to high school students who are nearing or have already reached voting age. From the founding of America to the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements, students experience the value of their right to vote through discussion, role playing and games. Students especially enjoy the chance to speak their minds during a guided current events discussion. Teachers may opt to conclude the day with a tour of the Arkansas State Capitol, which gives students a first-hand look at the site where laws are made that have a daily impact on their lives.
“I want these young people to get involved. Voting is an American cornerstone, and I believe they take away a new appreciation of that process from this program."
-- Secretary of State Mark Martin