Announcing the 2015 Kids' Art Contest!
The contest theme this year is "Every Vote is Equal!" celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The Office of the Secretary of State invites Washington students in grades 4 and 5 to participate. The winning art will be featured in 3.2 million copies of the next statewide Voters' Pamphlet. All entries must be received by April 15, 2015. Please read the entry form for more details.
On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act that ensures every citizen has the right to vote regardless of race or religion. Civil rights icons Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks attended the signing ceremony. The Voting Rights Act says that discriminatory voting laws are not allowed. Specifically, the Act outlaws literacy tests and poll taxes that were historically used by some states to deny citizens the right to vote.
This year, we celebrate 50 years of voting equality. Secretary of State Kim Wyman urges students to learn more about the history of voting rights in America and to share in their drawings why they are proud to live in a country where every vote is equal.