Over 53,000 Kentucky high school students will go to the polls on October 28, 2004 to vote for their favorite candidates for President of the United States and U.S. Senator, and to voice their opinion on an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution. Nearly 150 Kentucky high schools are expected to participate in the National Student Mock Election coordinated by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
“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.”
The National Student/Parent Mock Election makes students and parents aware of the power of their ballot by actively involving them in a full-fledged mock national election. In the last two presidential election years alone, over 10 million students, parents and teachers participated from across the country and 14 countries/territories around the world where Americans are based. Over 40 million have participated since the project began.
In addition to the mock election, curriculum enhancements were sent to teachers in order to further incorporate the election into their instruction. This is part of state wide effort to teach students about civic responsibility and the power of voting.
Secretary Grayson recently hosted the Kentucky Summit on Civic Literacy. The Summit represents the beginning of a multi-year effort that will determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth and will recommend a plan for improving civic engagement and literacy.
“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. Grayson noted that this project is just a small part of the outreach that he and other secretaries of state make as part of their involvement in the National Association of Secretaries of State where he serves as vice-chair of the voter participation committee.
Parents, students, teachers, and administrators can check to see whether their school is participating by visiting the Kentucky mock election website at www.kysos.com. If schools still want to participate, they are encouraged to contact the Office of the Secretary of State.
Students will begin voting at and the polls will remain open until Unofficial results from the election will be updated on the Office on the Secretary of State’s website as they are reported. Official results are anticipated to be available by
The National Student/Parent Mock Election is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with over sixty national civic, educational, and business organizations cooperating on the project. The National Student/Parent Mock Election is the first organization to be officially endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of States.
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