SAINT PAUL — Today, Secretary of State Steve Simon announced that more than 130 high schools throughout the state—over 25 percent—have already signed up to participate in Minnesota Students Vote 2016, the first ever statewide mock election for high school students.
This fall, high school students across the state will vote for who they think should be our next President — and get hands-on experience with the electoral process. Results will be announced shortly before Election Day by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Principals were first invited to sign-up by Secretary Simon on March 1. Schools interested in participating can learn more and sign-up here.
“This is going to be an important election year, and a great opportunity to capture the attention of young and soon-to-be voters and to help them get good habits started early,” said Secretary Simon. “I’m thrilled that more than a quarter of high schools in Minnesota—from Roseau to Winona and Grand Marais to Marshall—have already signed up to participate, and look forward to growing that number between now and this fall.”
For a complete list of high schools that have already signed up, click here (scroll to bottom of page).
Minnesota Students Vote 2016 is designed to give schools and teachers both flexibility and support. Each school will be given the ability to decide how voting happens, whether it’s in one central location, over the lunch hour, in individual classrooms, or something entirely different. Schools will receive everything they need from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, including mock election ballots, lesson plans that teachers may use, “I voted” stickers, and creative ideas for making the election a success.