Secretary of State
Deadline Nears to Register Students for Mock Election
(Frankfort, KY) Teachers across Kentucky face an October 27th deadline to register their students to participate in the Office of the Secretary of State’s 2010 Kentucky Student Mock Election, a partner election of the National Student/Parent Mock Election. Elementary, Middle, and High School students across the Commonwealth will have the chance to vote on Student Mock Election Day on October 28, 2010, which represents the conclusion of Civics Month activities sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of State.
“It is easy to organize a mock election, and the benefits to students are many,” remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “I am hopeful that we will see many more schools sign up to participate before Mock Election Day.”
In the 2008 Election year, over 100,000 elementary, middle, and high school students from across the Commonwealth cast their ballots in the National Student/Parent Mock Election. This year, the Kentucky ballot will enable students to vote on the candidates for U.S. Senator.
“It is essential that students become acclimated to the democratic process, and there is no better way than for them to participate in the process themselves,” stated Secretary Grayson. “We hope that this will begin a lifelong commitment to voting among these young people.”
This project is an exceptional tool for confronting, and in many cases, reversing the disturbing voting trends in the 18-24 year old demographic. Engaging students with the core principles of democracy fosters an important behavior that many will carry far beyond the classroom. The project is part of a statewide effort to teach students about civic responsibility and the power of voting via the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK). The CLIK is a non-partisan, multi-year effort to enhance long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth.
“By involving students in the democratic process, we hope to energize young people to remind their family and friends about the importance of voting on November 2nd,” said Secretary Grayson.
To register or to find out more information and see a list of which schools have registered for the election, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/mockelection.
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