What is the Mock Election?
The National Student/Parent Mock Election is the largest voter education project in the country. Just because your vote won't actually elect a president this year is no reason not to vote. Your election does have a great significance, for three reasons:
1. Your vote will occur before the national election on November 7. If all students demonstrate that they will take the time to vote, then your actions can inspire adults who may be apathetic to get out there and vote, too.
2. The portion of the Mock Election that will be done online will be the biggest ever online vote attempted. Potentially millions of students may vote online. This process will be examined carefully, and in four years, when many of you will be able to vote in the real presidential elections, you may be able to vote online for the U.S. president - an all-time first.
3. This vote will help you to learn more about the election process and the importance of knowing the issues and the candidates' viewpoints. When you can vote as an adult, you truly will be prepared. You will also have an opportunity to vote on the issues, and your votes will be tabulated and reported. So whoever is voted into the office of the President will be aware of what concerns the youth of America the most.
Who can participate?
All ages, from kindergarten through high school, as well as parents and grandparents are allowed to participate and vote. If you tell your teachers that you care and want to know more about the elections, they may give you opportunities to participate in debates, issue forums, press conferences, candidate nights, rallies and inaugural balls as part of the Mock Election in your school. On Mock Election Day, November 2 -- five days before the General Election -- millions of students and parents will watch coverage from Election Central and state election headquarters around the country as the votes are tallied and winners announced.
How are students involved?
You can take part in planning and staging events in your school. At the national level, students from every state will serve on a National Youth Executive Board that sets policy and directs activities. The "Playground" feature of the Mock Election's website (www.mockelection2000.net) offers games, puzzles, quizzes and contests for middle school and younger students. Two other features -- Spotlight on Youth and the Youth Issues Forum -- give older students a chance to state their opinions and get involved.