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Students Vote

Students Vote 2018Students Vote is a statewide high school mock election program that engages students in the election, gives students an outlet for their voices, and gives teachers the flexibility and resources to run their election and their lessons on democracy and civic participation their way.  In 2018, Students Vote will once again help young people discover the importance of elections and the power of their voice- their vote- in our democracy.



"Thanks for running this program. Last time it was very helpful for my students to see that students from other schools from around the state saw the election and the world differently than they did." -John


"We have been working with the students vote program for a number of years. AND we're already signed up for next year. It's an interesting program, and I think for my "greater Minnesota" kids, the data we have access to, afterwards that allows them to compare themselves to "The Cities" and other regions of the State have been impactful.  It promotes educated voting, and isn't that what we want too?" -Matt



In 2016, over 96,000 high school students from 281 schools across Minnesota cast their vote and were counted in the first Students Vote mock election.  Students Vote pulls together the results and creates resources that inform classroom discussions, are used in demographic analysis and comparison, and even bring together classes from different schools to talk about their results and what trends they see in their schools' data. (See the election results and participant list for Students Vote 2016 HERE.)



This is going to be another interesting and important election year in Minnesota, and it is a great opportunity to get good habits started early with young voters and soon-to-be voters.  That’s why this fall, Minnesota will again hold its  statewide high school mock election,  Students Vote 2018.

  • Students Vote 2018 lets high school students get hands-on experience with the electoral process.

  • Students will cast a mock ballot for Minnesota Governor and have their votes tallied locally and statewide. 

  • Young Minnesotans gain a sense of the responsibility and power they will soon hold as voters.

  • Students Vote is designed to give schools and teachers both flexibility and support.

  • Schools will receive everything they need: mock election ballots; lesson plans that teachers may use; “I voted” stickers; and creative ideas for making your election a success.


How it works

1. register your school to participate
When registering, select a contact person for your school who will help coordinate the mock election. Any group or individual can be responsible for coordinating the mock election, whether it’s student government, a teacher, a student group, or a committee of students, teachers and parents. Whatever you decide, we’ll need one contact person to receive updates and provide our office with vote totals after the election.

2. Decide how your election will work.
Voting can take place in one central location, over the lunch hour, in individual classrooms, or something entirely different. Each school has unique needs and you have the flexibility to carry out your mock election as you see fit. We encourage you to use Learning Law and Democracy Foundation’s civics lesson finder or iCivics for lesson ideas on holding a student debate, having a discussion about why voting matters, how to evaluate media information about candidates, and other essential student skills.

3. Receive your materials in October.
Schools that sign up in time will receive materials by mail, including mock election ballots, “I voted” stickers, and posters.  Later-registering schools will receive the electronic versions of the documents by email.

4. Vote on Tuesday, October 23.
October 23 is the 'official' mock election day, but schools may hold their mock election any earlier day in October as well.

5. Report your results by Wednesday, October 24.
To be included in the official results, we’ll need your vote tallies no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24.

6. View statewide results on Tuesday, October 30.
Share the results with your students and have a discussion about what they mean.  Explore the demographic differences and similarities school to school and regionally.  Connect with other participating schools for combined video-conference discussions or activities. 


Common Questions

Is Students Vote only for high school students?
Yes and no. Students Vote is focused on high school studentss, meaning grades 9-12. Locations that combine lower grades with higher ones in the same school (grades K-12, 5-9, or 7-12, for instance) may have all of their students participate, and report the results separately on the post-election web form.

Is there a program for students in primary school?
Yes. School districts that are interested in engaging primary school youth for a multi-school or district-wide youth voting program can contact Minnesota Civic Youth. Their 'youth in the booth' program combines civic learning in the classroom with at-home dialogue about public issues and an authentic election-day voting experience for students in grades 3-12.

Do other states hold mock elections?
Yes, many Secretary of State offices offer statewide mock elections for students. For example:

  • California has been running a statewide student mock election with schools since 2006 and have had a lot of success. For example, in 2008, over 275,000 students cast a ballot.

  • In Iowa this year, nearly 60,000 students participated in the statewide Youth Presidential Straw Poll ahead of Iowa Caucuses. Students from over 250 schools participated

Why is the election held before Election Day?
For a variety of reasons, most Secretary of State Offices hold their mock elections before Election Day. This allows students the chance to weigh in before adults do, and puts a spotlight on their engagement. After Election Day, everyone's focus—parents, students, and the broader community—shifts to the actual Election Day outcome, which can drown out the student experience. We hope that after having cast their ballot in advance, students will be even more engaged with the outcome on Election Day.


WHY Does the students vote ballot only have one race on it?  
The form of the ballot--paper and a structure and look mirroring the official ballot--is used to prepare students for the actual voting experience.  Localizing the ballot (including local races) for every school is not something that our office can do at this time, but you do have options!

  • Some wish to teach all the current races, and that is great!  Your sample ballot may be seen 45 days before the election at: SAMPLE BALLOT 
    (Sample ballot is not available for all local elections. You may need to contact the local government (city, town or school district) holding the election.)

  • If you wish to have your students vote on additional races, add an additional sheet with the races and candidates, and any ballot questions, and have them vote for the other races there.  (The Students Vote ballot will give them the opportunity to vote using the same form that they will use when they cast real votes at 18 and beyond.)



2018 Participant List (As of 10/16/18)

These 285 high schools have signed up for Students Vote 2018! 

A.C.G.C. Secondary (Grove City)
ABI Christian Academy (Oakdale)
Academic Arts High School (West Saint Paul)
Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield)
Academy of Whole Learning (Saint Louis Park)
Ada-Borup Secondary (Ada)
AFSA High School (Vadnais Heights)
Aitkin Secondary School (Aitkin)
Al-Amal School (Fridley)
Albany Senior High (Albany)
Albert Lea Senior High (Albert Lea)
Alexandria Area High School (Alexandria)
Anchor Academy of Hope Harbor (Winona)
Andover High School (Andover)
Annandale Senior High (Annandale)
Arcadia Charter School (Northfield)
Augsburg Fairview Academy (Minneapolis)
Austin Senior High (Austin)
Battle Lake Secondary (Battle Lake)
Becker Senior High (Becker)
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Sec. (Belgrade)
Bemidji Senior High (Bemidji)
Bemidji Senior Lumberjack ALC (Bemidji)
Bertha-Hewitt Public School (Bertha)
Bethlehem Academy (Faribault)
Big Lake Senior High (Big Lake)
Bigfork Secondary (Bigfork)
Blaine High School (Blaine)
Blake School (Minneapolis)
Blooming Prairie Secondary (Blooming Prairie)
BlueSky Charter School (West Saint Paul)
Bold Senior High (Olivia)
Braham Area High School (Braham)
Brainerd Senior High (Brainerd)
Brandon-Evansville High School (Brandon)
Breck (Golden Valley)
Breckenridge Senior High (Breckenridge)
Bridges Area Learning Center (Prior Lake)
Buffalo Lake-Hector Secondary (Hector)
Buffalo Senior High (Buffalo)
Burnsville Area Learning Center (Burnsville)
Burnsville Senior High (Burnsville)
Byron Senior High School (Byron)
Caledonia Senior High (Caledonia)
Cambridge Christian School (Cambridge)
Cambridge-Isanti High School (Cambridge)
Canby Secondary (Canby)
Cannon Falls Secondary (Cannon Falls)
Cedar Mountain Secondary (Morgan)
Central Minnesota Christian School (Prinsburg)
Central Senior High (Norwood Young America)
Central Senior High (Saint Paul)
Century Senior High (Rochester)
Champlin Park High School (Champlin)
Chanhassen High School (Chanhassen)
Chaska High School (Chaska)
Chatfield Secondary (Chatfield)
Chokio-Alberta Secondary (Chokio)
City Academy (Saint Paul)
Clearbrook-Gonvick Secondary (Clearbrook)
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Sr. (Graceville)
Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (Cloquet)
Cloquet Senior (Cloquet)
Community Christian School (​Wilmar)
Community of Peace Academy (Saint Paul)
Como Park Senior High (Saint Paul)
Cook County Senior High (Grand Marais)
Coon Rapids High School (Coon Rapids)
Creative Arts Secondary School (Saint Paul)
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Minneapolis)
Crookston Secondary (Crookston)
Deer River Secondary (Deer River)
Delano Senior High (Delano)
DeLaSalle High School (Minneapolis)
Denfeld High School (Duluth)
Detroit Lakes Senior High (Detroit Lakes)
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Senior High (Glyndon)
Discovery Public School Faribault (Faribault)
Dover-Eyota High School (Eyota)
DREAM Technical Academy (Willmar)
Duluth East High School (Duluth)
E.C.H.O. Charter School (Echo)
Eagan Senior High (Eagan)
East Central Senior Secondary (Finlayson)
East Ridge High School (Woodbury)
Eden Prairie Senior High (Eden Prairie)
Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary (Eden Valley)
Edina Senior High (Edina)
Edison Senior High (Minneapolis)
EdVisions Off Campus School (Henderson)
El Colegio Charter School (Minneapolis)
Elk River Senior High (Elk River)
Empower Learning Center (Hinkley)
Esko High School (Esko)
Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High (Eveleth)
Face To Face Academy (Saint Paul)
Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School (Fairmont)
Fairview Alternative High School (Roseville)
Falls Secondary (International Falls)
Faribault Area Learning Center (Fairbault)
Fergus Falls Area Learning Center (Fergus Falls)
Fertile-Beltrami Secondary (Fertile)
FIT Academy (Apple Valley)
Foley Senior High (Foley)
Forest Lake Senior High (Forest Lake)
Fosston Secondary (Fosston)
Fridley Moore Lake ALC (Fridley)
Fridley Senior High (Fridley)
Granada-Huntley East Chain Sec. (Granada)
Grand Meadow Senior High (Grand Meadow)
Grand Rapids Senior High (Grand Rapids)
Great River School (Saint Paul)
Greenway Senior High (Coleraine)
Groves Academy (Saint Louis Park)
Harbor City International School (Duluth)
Harding Senior High (Saint Paul)
Hastings High School (Hastings)
Hawley Secondary (Hawley)
Hennepin Gateway To College (Brooklyn Park)
Henry Sibley High School (West Saint Paul)
Hermantown Senior High (Hermantown)
Hibbing High (Hibbing)
Hill-Murray (Maplewood)
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (Fergus Falls)
Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary (Hills)
Hinckley-Finlayson Secondary (Hinckley)
Hope Academy of Hope Harbor (Marshall)
Hope Lutheran High School (Winona)
Hopkins Senior High (Minnetonka)
Houston Secondary (Houston)
Humboldt High School (Saint Paul)
Hutchinson Senior High (Hutchinson)
Indus Secondary (Birchdale)
International School of Minnesota (Eden Prairie)
Irondale Senior High (New Brighton)
Isle Secondary (Isle)
Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Sec (Janesville)
Jefferson Senior High (Bloomington)
Jordan Secondary (Jordan)
Kato Public Charter School (Mankato)
Kennedy High School (Fergus Falls)
Kerkhoven Secondary (Kerkhoven)
Kingsland Junior/Senior High School (Spring Valley)
Kittson Central Secondary (Hallock)
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Sec. (Lake Crystal)
Lake of The Woods Secondary (Baudette)
Lake Park Audubon Secondary (Lake Park)
Lakeview Christian Academy (Duluth)
Lakeview Secondary (Cottonwood)
Lanesboro Secondary (Lanesboro)
Le Sueur-Henderson High School (Le Sueur)
Lester Prairie Secondary (Lester Prairie)
Liberty Classical Academy (White Bear Lake)
Lincoln Secondary (Lake City)
Lionsgate Academy (Minnetonka)
Long Prairie-Grey Secondary School (Long Prairie)
Longfellow Alternative High School (Minneapolis)
Lourdes High School (Rochester)
M.A.C.C.R.A.Y. Senior High (Clara City)
Mahtomedi Senior High (Mahtomedi)
Maple Lake Secondary (Maple Lake)
Maple River High School (Mapleton)
Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park)
Marshall Area Technical & Educational Center (Marshall)
Marshall High School (Marshall)
Martin County West Senior High (Sherburn)
Martin Luther H.S. (Northrop)
Math And Science Academy (Woodbury)
Medford Secondary (Medford)
Mesabi East Secondary (Aurora)
Metro Deaf School (Saint Paul)
Metro Schools Charter (Minneapolis)
Milaca Secondary High (Milaca)
Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy (McGregor)
Minneota Secondary (Minneota)
Minnesota Online High School (Saint Paul)
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (Faribault)
Minnesota Valley Lutheran (New Ulm)
Monticello Senior High (Monticello)
Mounds Park Academy (Maplewood)
Mounds View Senior High (Arden Hills)
Mountain Lake Christian (Mountain Lake)
New Century Academy (Hutchinson)
New London-Spicer Sr. (New London)
New Prague Senior High (New Prague)
New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, Inc. (New Ulm)
Nicollet Senior High School (Nicollet)
North Education Center Academy (New Hope)
North Lakes Academy (Forest Lake)
North Senior High (North Saint Paul)
Northeast Range Secondary (Babbitt)
Northern Lights Community School (Warba)
Northland Learning Center (Virginia)
Northome Secondary (Northome)
Northwest Passage High School (Coon Rapids)
Nova Classical Academy Upper School (Saint Paul)
Oakland Baptist School (Oakland)
Orono Senior High (Long Lake)
Ortonville Secondary (Ortonville)
Owatonna Alternative Learning Center (Owatonna)
Owatonna Middle School (Owatonna)
Paladin Career and Technical High School (Blaine)
Park Center IB World School (Brooklyn Park)
Park Rapids Senior High (Park Rapids)
Park Senior High (Cottage Grove)
Parkers Prairie Secondary (Parkers Prairie)
Pequot Lakes Senior High (Pequot Lakes)
Perpich Arts High School (Golden Valley)
Phoenix Learning Center (Buffalo)
Pillager Senior High School (Pillager)
Pine Island Secondary (Pine Island)
Plainview-Elgin-Millville High (Plainview)
Prairie Lakes Education Center (Willmar)
Princeton Senior High (Princeton)
Prior Lake High School (Savage)
Randolph Secondary (Randolph)
Red Lake County Central High School (Oklee)
Redwood Valley Senior High (Redwood Falls)
Renville County West Senior High (Renville)
Richfield College Experience Program (Bloomington)
Riverway Learning Community (Winona)
Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior High (Plymouth)
Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High (New Hope)
Rocori Senior High (Cold Spring)
Rogers Senior High (Rogers)
Roseau High School (Roseau)
Rosemount Area Learning Center (Apple Valley)
Roseville Area Senior High (Roseville)
RTR High School (Tyler)
Rush City Secondary (Rush City)
Rushford-Peterson Senior High (Rushford)
Sartell Senior High (Sartell)
Sauk Centre Secondary (Sauk Centre)
Sauk Rapids-Rice Senior High (Sauk Rapids)
School of Environmental Studies (Apple Valley)
Sebeka Secondary (Sebeka)
Shakopee Senior High (Shakopee)
Sibley East-Arlington Senior High (Arlington)
Solid Rock Christian Academy (Elk River)
South Ridge Secondary (Culver)
South Senior High (Minneapolis)
South St. Paul Secondary (South Saint Paul)
SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288 (Chaska)
Southwest Senior High (Minneapolis)
Springfield Secondary (Springfield)
St. Anthony Village Senior High (Saint Anthony)
St. Charles Secondary (Saint Charles)
St. Clair Secondary (Saint Clair)
St. Cloud Christian School (St. Cloud)
St. John's Preparatory School (Collegeville)
St. Louis Park Senior High (Saint Louis Park)
St. Michael-Albertville Senior High (Saint Michael)
St. Paul Academy - Summit (Upper) (Saint Paul)
Staples-Motley Senior High (Staples)
Stephen-Argyle Central High School (Stephen)
Takoda Prep of AIOIC (Minneapolis)
Tartan Senior High (Oakdale)
Technical Academies of Minnesota (Owatonna)
Tower View Alternative High School (Red Wing)
TrekNorth High School (Bemidji)
Tri-City United High School (Montgomery)
Tri-County Public School (Karlstad)
TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning (Chisago City)
Twin Cities Academy (Saint Paul)
Two Harbors Secondary (Two Harbors)
Ulen-Hitterdal Secondary (Ulen)
Underwood Secondary (Underwood)
Upsala Secondary (Upsala)
Venture Academy (Minneapolis)
Veritas Academy (North Branch)
Vermilion Country School (Tower)
Verndale Secondary (Verndale)
VOA High School (Minneapolis)
Waconia Senior High (Waconia)
Waseca Area Learning Center (Waseca)
Washburn Senior High (Minneapolis)
Wayzata High (Plymouth)
Wellstone International High School (Minneapolis)
West Central Education District ALC (Sauk Centre)
Westonka Area Learning Academy (Westonka)
Wheaton Secondary (Wheaton)
White Bear Area Learning Center (White Bear Lake)
White Bear South Campus Senior (White Bear Lake)
Willmar Area Learning Center (Wilmar)
Willmar Senior High (Willmar)
Windom Senior High (Windom)
Winona Area Learning Center (Winona)
Wright Technical Center ALC (Buffalo)
Yeshiva of Minneapolis (Saint Louis Park)
Zimmerman High School (Zimmerman)