Annual Mock Election Opens to Students October 30th

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The Office of the Secretary of State is excited to announce that we will be conducting our annual student Mock Election from October 30 – November 3.

What is the Mock Election?

The Mock Election is a non-partisan, civics education event that is free to all public, private, tribal, and homeschool K-12 students in Washington State. Nearly 130,000 students have voted in Washington’s annual Mock Election since 2004. Students vote on the same measures and candidates adults will decide.

Voting is conducted online, and will run from 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30 through 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3. No pre-registration is necessary. Voting should only take 5-10 minutes.

What will students be voting on?

As you are probably aware, there are no statewide initiatives or referenda on the General Election ballot. For the Mock Election, students will be voting on the 3 Advisory Votes that adults will be voting on for the General Election. Thank you to all of the teachers and administrators who voted in our recent survey.

Visit our website to view the sample ballot and Voters’ Pamphlet.

Free Resources for Educators.

Free resources are available, including “I Voted” stickers and the curriculum book Teaching Elections in Washington State. The lessons offered in the curriculum book are for grades K-12, meet state and common core standards, and satisfy the civics coursework required for graduation. Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) are included with each lesson.



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