7:00am PT by Rick Porter
Nickelodeon to Air 'Kids Pick the President' Election Special
Nickelodeon will take a poll of the country's pre-voting age population with an election special.
Nick News: Kids Pick the President, hosted by Keke Palmer, will go over the basics of voting for kids and reveal the results of an informal poll of kids for their choice for president, Donald Trump or Joe Biden. The hour-long special, set to air Oct. 27, is the latest in the Nick News franchise.
"Through Kids Pick the President and the return of Nick News, Nickelodeon continues to inform and educate children on the democratic process and the importance of voting,” said Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, vp news programming and Nickelodeon and executive producer of Nick News. "Although our audience is not of voting age, we still have a responsibility to help amplify their voices around the issues that are most important to them in a space they can call their own, so they know that they too can make a difference by playing a role in the electoral process.
"We are thrilled to have Keke Palmer join us as host of our special and connect with young viewers in the way that only she can. Keke has been a part of our Nick family since she was a kid herself, and we’re so proud to have watched her grow into a powerful voice for her generation."
In addition to explaining the voting process, the special will give kids a platform to discuss the issues they most care about, including COVID-19, the environment and racial inequality. Young activists Zoë Jenkins, founder of a DEI initiative in her Kentucky high school, and Mari Copeny of Flint, Michigan, who has been active in raising awareness about her hometown's water crisis and has expanded her efforts to other communities dealing with toxic water. Psychologist Dr. Jen Harstein will also be part of the hour.
"Voting in my first election when I was 18 was extremely important to me and now more than ever, it's crucial that this next generation of kids grow up with an understanding of our political system and how they can be agents of change," said Palmer. "I'm so proud to be a part of the Nickelodeon family and this special, which will teach kids about the election and empower them to stand up for what they believe in."
Kids can make their choice for president at KidsPickthePresident.com. Results of the informal, unscientific poll will be revealed during the special.