Freebie: Printable Kids Voting Ballots for Mock Elections

It’s unseasonably cold in the Twin Cities today. The VERY chilly breeze blew in a thick fog, the dog is back to curling up under the blanket on my bed, and I’ve just stuffed the fireplace with logs for tonight. Leaves are beginning to turn, kids are back in school(-ish) and somewhere beyond the pea-soup clouds, election day looms in the not-at-all-distant future.

With all the constant pressures of this season, it seemed important to rediscover & reclaim some of the fun of the voting process. I have fond memories of helping my dad prepare for class elections back when he was a sixth-grade teacher and I was the tiniest of biscuits – cutting apart paper ballots, making the ballot box, and decorating the cardboard polling station display board, while he eagerly explained how it would all work on election day.

I also remember how incredibly empowering it felt as a kid to simply GET a VOTE (when it came to anything). To honor and foster the excitement that comes with exercising the right to make our opinions count, I designed this little election kit that kids, parents, or teachers can use to put ANYTHING to a vote.

Our free printable voting kit is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the election process! | via barley & birch

Can you use this to elect a class president? FOR SURE. But you can also print it out to vote on classicly heated issues like, “shaved or grated parmesan cheese..?”. Yes, you can put anything up for a vote with this set – which movie to stream next, what to have for dinner, what to name the new puppy, what to name the new baby

From the ballots to the box, the election day decor, even buttons & pins (flair for the people!) our kit has everything your little campaign organizers need to run their own elections. And while they’re prepping their own setup, YOU can drop in with some serious election knowledge. Start a discussion, talk about how voting happens here, why it’s part of our civic duty, and what that even means (I have helpful links for you below!).

Use our free printable (and customizable!) kids ballots to help little ones learn about voting and elections | via barley & birch

There are tons of opportunities for coloring, decorating, and adding general pizzazz to our printable election supplies, so kids can rock the vote in their own style.

Our specially-designed ballots are set up as PDF forms, making them incredibly easy to customize and fill in a minute, but can also just be printed and filled out by hand. For a bright set of ballots and stickers that go easy on the printer ink, print the black and white versions on colored papers or cardstock.

USA friends: be sure to make your voices heard and VOTE this year! Visit to find your polling location, locate a ballot dropbox, find early voting locations, get reminders, and more!

For your own kids’ election kit you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains either our own printable products, or Woodpeckers Crafts, Etsy, Blick Art Materials, and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*


  • Cardstock (you can use plain white or other fun colors!) or watercolor paper
  • Our free printable kids’ election kit
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, watercolors, or other coloring supplies


How to Set up a Kids’ Election – DIY Instructions:

Download our free kids’ voting kit

As part of our “free forever” collection, you can download the free printable kids’ ballots and election kit (updated to include a page of six mini ballots that’s perfect for classrooms or multiple votes!).
A preview of our printable kids voting kit | via barley & birch

Use the PDF form boxes to fill in voting options

Our ballots have been designed to allow for easy and quick candidate/issue fill-in if desired. Type in the voting options to have them populate across all ballots on a page.


Choose the pages you’d like to print (we recommend choosing a “borderless printing” option or choosing to print at 100%).

Invite kids to color, design, fill in, or decorate.

Pass ownership of the voting process over to kids by having them handwrite ballot options, make and decorate their own ballot boxes, or design their own voting stickers.

Looking for some ways to turn our voting kit into a solid (and engaging!) electoral process lesson? Try adding in a few of the kids’ election activities below…

More ideas for kids voting and election activities…

  • Nothing brings home a lesson on elections like some righteous right-to-vote jams – and we’ve got a playlist for that!
  • Celebrate a successful electoral process with some vote-themed lovin’ from the oven. For festive cupcakes that don’t require any fancy decorating skills or much extra time, use these adorable free printable election day toppers.
Our free printable election kit has everything you need to  help your kids organize their own election and VOTE! | via barley & birch

I hope all of these activities help your family find and celebrate the joy of voting. Although it comes with an extra big sense of importance and duty this year, the ability to create change by voicing our opinions is pr-retty, pretty awesome.

We’d love to hear about your own elections! Be sure to take pics and tag us with @barleyandbirch or #barleyandbirch on social media so we can see how YOU get your vote on and share your ideas (they’re always inspiring!).

The printable ballot box and room decorations from our DIY voting kit for kids

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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