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October 4, 2012
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Secretary of state invites schools to participate in mock election program

Deadline to register is Oct. 31

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2012) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting schools and teachers across the state to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program. The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is Oct. 31. Voting begins on Oct. 25 and the statewide mock election will be conducted Nov. 1.

“The Mock Election is a great way for students to experience what it means to be active citizens and to cultivate an important behavior they will carry far beyond the classroom,” Grimes. “In addition to other activities my office is sponsoring, such as a vice presidential debate-related curriculum, the ‘Our Voice. Our Future.’ forum at Centre College, and the 24th Annual Essay and Slogan Contest, the Mock Election program is a great way to celebrate Civics Month in October.”

For the first time, teachers will have the option to turn computers in their classrooms into voting machines.

“The virtual voting machine program allows students to receive confirmation that their votes have been cast and will be counted,” Grimes said. “I believe it will be a valuable tool to engage young Kentuckians.”

The 2012 Kentucky Mock Election ballot will allow students to vote on candidates for United States President and United States Representative. The final results of the Mock Election will be available on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov.

More than 100,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout Kentucky cast ballots in the 2008 Mock Presidential Election.

“I hope the excitement from the only vice presidential debate being held in Danville will translate to even greater participation this year,” the secretary of state said.

Additional information, including registration instructions, a list of participants, and teaching resources, is available online.

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