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For reasons of simplicity, this section has been divided into three subsections according to the level of difficulty:

Section (A): basic simulation

smiley face         Section (B): intermediate simulation

smiley facesmiley face   Section (C): advanced simulation

It is recommended that you read all three subsections dealing with the simulation in order to better adapt it to your group.


  1. Ask a child to show the group that the ballot box is empty. The ballot box must then be closed and sealed. We recommend that six children be asked to stick on the six seals.

  2. Designate someone to be responsible for the polling station. This child will fold the ballot papers in two and distribute them one at a time.

  3. Explain the voting procedures to the group.



  1. Ask someone in the group to show that the ballot box is empty. Another child may be asked to close the ballot box and seal it.

  2. Designate two "election officers" for the polling station.

  3. Explain the voting procedures to the group.


smiley facesmiley face (C) ADVANCED SIMULATION

  1. Designate two children to play the roles of poll clerk and deputy returning officer (DRO) and give them the name tags supplied in the kit. Explain each role to the group.

  2. Ask the DRO to show the group that the ballot box is actually empty. The DRO must then close the box and seal it.

  3. Explain the voting procedures to the group:

You may wish to explain that the counterfoil has a control number on the back to ensure that the ballot paper the DRO gives the voter is the same ballot paper being returned and that they are removed to preserve the secrecy of the vote.

During the simulation, you could ask a child to play the role of a person with a visual disability so the group can better understand how persons with disabilities can exercise their right to vote by themselves and in secret too. This person can also be helped by a friend, family member or the DRO.