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RU Ready Civics Fair Station Getting Political

For this station, learn more about getting political and use the materials to create your own Getting Political Station in your civics fair. Looking for templates for other stations? Click the link below!

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Getting Political: The Basics

The Getting Political Station, also known as political engagement, provides students with the skills to affect the makeup of government at the local, state, and federal level.

Despite limits to voting based on age or citizenship status, remaining involved in the political process ensures that elected representatives reflect the needs and beliefs of one’s constituents. Such participation allows for a more equitable and inclusive democracy.

Getting Political involves much more than voting. Encouraging others to vote, volunteering for a campaign, and even wearing a button supporting a candidate are other ways to play a part in determining who represents us in office.

The Getting Political Station provides opportunities to learn more about the following topics:

  • Identifying Elected Officials
  • Voting in Elections
  • Supporting a Campaign
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Identifying Elected Officials Resources

Downloadable Templates

Identifying Elected Officials templates allow students to learn who represents their community and interests at the local, county, state and federal levels. 

Download templates for identifying the representatives who serve at the local, state, and federal levels.

Downloadable video on how to identify your elected officials

Voting in Elections Resources

Downloadable Templates

Voting in Elections templates focus on sharing election information and deadlines for students who are eligible to vote in New Jersey.

New Jersey Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 17 years old
  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of your county for at least 30 days before the election
  • Not currently incarcerated as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense in NJ or any US state

Download templates for voting in elections in New Jersey:

For more information on registering and voting in all states and territories, visit the RU Voting National website.

Downloadable video on voting in NJ and the US

Supporting a Campaign Resources

Downloadable Templates

Supporting a Campaign templates provide examples of ways students can support a political campaign. 

Download templates for supporting a campaign:

Getting Political Role Models

We believe that representation is important, and seeing young leaders making a difference can inspire students to do the same. See role models of young adults currently serving in elected office around the country.

Learn More about Getting Political Role Models of Engagement