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What Is the National Student/Parent Mock Election?

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The National Student/Parent Mock Election

The nation’s oldest, largest, and most successful voter education project

 

What Is the National Student/Parent Mock Election?

  • The National Student/Parent Mock Election is the nation’s largest and most successful voter education program. It began in 1980, and is currently authorized in both the Every Student Succeeds Act. Congressional funding was available from 1994 - 2005. With full funding, presidential election year participation was about five million votes each year. This year’s funding is competitive.  A proposal must be submitted to the Department of Education.
  • Unfortunately, since 2008, funding shortages have impacted vote totals. Nonetheless in our last Presidential year Mock Election over five million votes were cast from all fifty states, DC, and American schools all around the world.
  • The goal for 2016 is to return to historical vote levels and school participation. In the 2014 actual election votes cast were the lowest they had ever been since World War II with 70% of our voters missing.
  • Participants in the National Student/Parent Mock Election include kindergartners, elementary, secondary school and college students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and in American schools around the world. Since the Mock Election began in 1980, over 50 million young voters, and often their parents as well, have learned what it means to be an American.
  • More states partner with the National Student/Parent Mock Election than with any other civic education project. The National Association of Secretaries of State officially endorses the project, and in up to twenty states it has been coordinated or co-coordinated by the secretary of state or state election director. In others, the governor or another state official has formalized the partnership, while in some states coordination is by groups such as the League of Women Voters or a state social studies council.
  • The partnerships established in 2012 provided unprecedented opportunities for education among them all:
    • American Association of School Administrators
    • Barquin International
    • BrainPop
    • Council of the Great City Schools
    • Don’t Forget Ed
    • National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation
    • National Association of Elementary School Principals
    • National Association of Secondary School Principals
    • National Association of Secretaries of State
    • National Association of Student Councils
    • National Council for the Social Studies
    • National School Boards Association
    • NIE Institute
    • Pearson Foundation
    • Rand McNally
    • SAGE
    • USA Today
  • Sixty national educational, civic, business and religious organizations cooperate with the project, including the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National School Boards Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters of the United States. See the full list at www.nationalmockelection.org/  
  • Outstanding mock election projects nominated at the school, school district and state level receive awards from the National Association of State Boards of Education, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Student Councils, and the League of Women Voters. See the full list at: http://www.nationalmockelection.org/about  
  •  To communicate with our potential audience we rely on gifts in-kind, technology and resources from private individuals and corporations, broadcast networks, and publishing companies. In the past these have included such corporations as The New York Times, USA Today, TIME Inc., CNN, PBS stations, McGraw Hill, ABC TV, Google, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, Pearson and the Pearson Foundation. For 2016 cash contributions as well as in kind are urgently needed.
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National Parent / Student Mock Election organition is a 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt, charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

STUDENTS ON NSPME
"For the first time in my life, I felt I actually had a 'say' in the political world."

TEACHERS ON THE NSPME
“This project immersed the students in the election/voting process, engaging them through research, creativity and expression.”