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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 to 2005. Presidential election year participation was about five million votes each year and 12 million in a general elections year. Mock Elections are held in all of the United States of America, its territories, the Department of Defense School District, and American schools all around the world.

The goal for 2024 is to return to historical vote levels and school participation. In 2020, 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 76 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 Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
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 Partners and Cooperating Organizations.

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, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and the League of Women Voters. See the full list at Cooperating Organizations/Partners.

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