Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has invited schools and teachers across the state to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program. The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is Oct. 31. The statewide mock election will be held on Nov. 1.
“The Mock Election is a great way for students to experience what it means to be active citizens and to cultivate an important behavior they will carry far beyond the classroom,” Grimes said in a news release. “In addition to other activities my office is sponsoring, such as a vice presidential debate-related curriculum, the ‘Our Voice. Our Future.’ forum at Centre College, and the 24th Annual Essay and Slogan Contest, the Mock Election program is a great way to celebrate Civics Month in October.”
For the first time, teachers will have the option to turn computers in their classrooms into voting machines. “The virtual voting machine program allows students to receive confirmation that their votes have been cast and will be counted,” Grimes said. “I believe it will be a valuable tool to engage young Kentuckians.”
The 2012 Kentucky Mock Election ballot will allow students to vote on candidates for president and Congress. The final results of the Mock Election will be available on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov.
Over 100,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout Kentucky cast ballots in the 2008 mock presidential election.