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Students Voting Statewide Mock Election


Students Voting (formerly Students Vote) is THE statewide mock election program.
This year- for the first time- the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and the YMCA are working together to help students statewide discover the importance of elections and the power of their voice – and their vote – in our democracy.
Students Voting gives teachers at all grade levels the tools and resources to expose their students to a realistic voting experience that includes learning about candidates and issues, voter registration and casting a ballot on or before Election day.

 


 

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"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

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"We have been working with the students voting 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

 

Overview

2020 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 soon-to-be voters.  That’s why this fall, Minnesota will again hold its statewide high school mock election, Students Voting 2020. What do participants get?

  • hands-on experience with the electoral process

  • to cast a customized mock ballot and have their statewide and national votes tallied and shared

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

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

    Schools will receive everything they need: printable customized realistic election ballots; Tabletop voting booths; ballot boxes; resources and 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. In addition to using publicly available resources like  Learning Law and Democracy Foundation’s civics lesson finder or iCivics, we will be providing resources for you to use if you wish.  You might consider lessons and activities such as holding a student debate, having a discussion about why voting matters, how to evaluate media information about candidates, and other essential civic skills. 

3. Receive your materials in October.
Schools that sign up in time will receive materials, including a customized mock election ballot (emailed), and tabletop voting booths, ballot boxes, and “I voted” stickers by mail.  Later-registering schools will only receive the electronic version of the customized ballot by email.

4. Vote early or on Election Day.
Should you choose, early voting (just like Minnesota voters get to do) is an option. 

5. Report your results by Tuesday, November 3.
To be included in the official results, we’ll need your vote tallies no later than Election Day.

6. View statewide results on Wednesday, November 4.
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 Voting still only for high school students?
NO! With the recent merger of Students Vote and Kids Voting, any school can participate!  It is never too early to learn about civics, elections, and the power of your voice!

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, with over 250,000 students participating.

  • In Iowa, 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.

 

How many races will the ballot have 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.)

2020 Participant List (As of 7/9/20)

These 266 schools have signed up for Students Voting 2020! 

A.B.I. Christian Academy
Academy of Holy Angels
Achieve Language Academy
Ada-Borup
AFSA High School
Albany Senior HIgh
Albert Lea High School
Alexandria Area High School
Andersen United
Arcadia Charter School
Ascension Catholic School
Aspen Academy
Austin High School
Barton Open School
Bear Cave Intermediate
Bemidji High School
Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist School
Blaine High School
Blooming Prairie Jr Sr High School
BOLD
Braham Elementary
Braham High School
Breckenridge High School
Brightmont Academy
Bruce F. Vento Elementary
Buffalo High School
Burnsville High School
Butterfield-Odin
Cambridge Christian School
Canby High School
Cannon River STEM School
Carlton Middle/High School
Cedar Island Elementary School
Central HS
Central Minnesota Christian School
Century High School
Challenger Elementary
Champlin Park
Chapel Hill Academy
Cherokee Heights Elementary
Cherry School
Chisago Lakes High School
Chisago Lakes Middle School
CHOICE Technical Academy
Climax-Shelly Public School
Clover Ridge ELementary
Columbus Elementary
Columbus Elementary
Comfrey Public School
Cross of Christ Lutheran School
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science
Delano Elementary School
Denfeld High School
Detroit Lakes High School
Discovery Middle School
Discovery Woods
DREAM Technical Academy
Eagan High School
Early College Academy
East View Academy
Edgerton Public
Edgewood Middle
Edina High School
Empower Learning Center
Face to Face Academy
Fairmont Elementary
Fairmont Junior/Senior High SchoolY
Fairview Alternative High School
Faribault Middle School
Fertile-Beltrami High School
Field Middle School
Foley High School
Forest Lake Elementary
Forestview
Franklin Middle
Frazee High School
Fridley High School
Friedell Middle School
FRIENDSHIP ACADEMY OF THE ARTS
Garlough Environmental Magnet School
Glencoe Silver Lake High School
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Goodridge Public School
Greenway High School
Harrison Elementary School
Hawley Elementary
Hawley H.S.
Hayes Elementary School
Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
Hennepin Elementary School
Hennepin Gateway to College ALC
Heritage Academy
Highlands Elementary
Highwood Hills Elementary School
Hills-Beaver Creek Jr./Sr. High
Hinckley-Finlayson High School
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Holy Trinity Catholic School
Hope Academy
Hopkins High School
Horace Mann School
Horace Mann School
Horizon Middle School East Campus
Horizon Middle School West Campus
Houston High School
Hutchinson Middle School
Hutchinson Middle School ALC
Immanuel Lutheran School
Isanti Middle School
Jefferson Elementary
Jordan Middle School
Justice Page Middle School
Keewatin Elementary School
Kennedy
Kennedy
Kimball Area High School
Kimball Elementary School
KIPP NorthStar Academy
Knights Academy
Lake Harriet Lower Campus
Lake Harriet Upper Campus
Lake of the Woods
Lakeview Christian Academy
Lakeview Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Lakeview Secondary School
Lakeview Secondary School
LCWM Elementary
LCWM Secondary
Level Up Academy
Lincoln Elementary School
Lincoln High
Lincoln Jr./Sr. High School
Lionsgate Academy - Minnetonka
Lionsgate Academy Shoreview
LPGE High School
MACCRAY High School
Madelia Elementary
Maple Grove Middle School
Maple River Secondary
Marcy Open School
Marshall County Central High School
Marshall High School
Marshall Middle School
Metro Deaf School
Milaca HIgh School
Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy
Minneota Elementary
Minnesota Math and Science Academy
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Montessori Renaissance Academy
Montessori School of Duluth
Monticello High School
Moorhead High School
Mounds View High School
Mountain Iron-Buhl High School/Merritt Elementary
Mt. Olive Lutheran
Nashwauk-Keewatin High School
New Century School
Newfolden Elementary School
Norman County West Elementary
North Branch Area Public Schools
North Branch Area Public Schools
North Community High School
North Education Center
North Junior High
North Lakes Academy Upper School
North View Middle School
North Woods School
Northeast Range
Northome High School
Northwoods Elementary
Oasis , 401 Building
Olson Middle School
Ortonville High School
PACT Charter School
Paladin Career and Technical High School
Park Center SH
Park Rapids Area High School
Parkers Prairie Elementary
Parkers Prairie High School
Parkers Prairie High School
Pequot Lakes High School
Pillsbury Elementary
Pine City Elementary School
Pine Harbor Christian Academy
Plymouth Middle School
Prince of Peace Lutheran School
Prior Lake High School
Progeny Academy
Randolph High School
Red Lake County Central High School
Red River Alternative Learning Center
Redwood Valley High School
Renville County West
Richfield Dual Language School
Rippleside Elementary
Riverview
ROCORI High School
Royal Oaks
RTR Elementary School
RTR High School
RTR middle schools
Rush City High School
Saint Helena Catholic School
Saints Peter and Paul School
Samuel Lutheran
Sanford Middle School
Sauk Rapids Rice High School
Scandia Elementary IB World School
Schoolcraft Learning Community
Sebeka High School
Sibley East High School/Middle School
Skyview Elementary School
Sleepy Eye Public Schools
Sleepy Eye Public Schools
South Ridge School
South View Middle School
Southview Elementary
Southwest Christian High School
SouthWest Metro High School
Southwest Middle School
Spring Grove Public School
Springfield Elementary
Springfield Secondary
St. Agnes School
St. James Middle/High School
St. John Paul II Catholic School
St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School
St. Joseph School
St. Mark Lutheran
St. Mary's Catholic School
St. Mary's Mission
St. Paul Academy & Summit School
St. Paul School of Northern Lights
St. Paul's Lutheran
Stephen Argyle Central Elementary
Stephen-Argyle Central High School
Stevens Elementary
Stewartville High School
Stewartville Middle School
Sunrise Park Middle School
Tatanka
Tech High School
The Journey School
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School
Tower-Soudan Elementary
TrekNorth Jr. and Sr. High School
Tri-City United High School
Tri-County Secondary
Twin Cities Academy
Ulen-Hitterdal High School
Underwood School
Unity High School
Upper Mississippi Academy
Upsala High School
VandenBerge Middle School
Vermilion Country School
Voyager Elementary
Waconia High School
Warroad Schools
Webster Elementary
Winona Middle School
worthington christian school
Worthington Middle School
Zion Lutheran School

 

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