Alabama students will vote Tuesday in 2016 mock presidential election

Image courtesy of MGN Online

Image courtesy of MGN Online

With the presidential election in full swing, the state of Alabama is looking to get our youngest minds involved by holding a Student Mock Election on October 25, from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Fourth through 12th  grade students will be given the opportunity to voice their opinion in this year’s presidential election. This includes students in public, private, parochial, and home schools. Nearly 400 schools have expressed interest in the Mock Election.

“Preparing young people to vote is critical to developing responsible citizenry to carry forward our democratic institutions. These students will be able to cast a ballot and monitor school and statewide results just like the General Election on November 8,” stated Secretary of State John Merrill.

In order to participate, schools can visit www.alabamavotes.gov/mockelection on October 25th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., insert their school’s unique access code, and select one of the four candidates. Each student is allowed to vote only once, and the results will be available live to the public on the Secretary of State’s website under the “Student Center.” Hillary Clinton (D), Donald Trump (R), Gary Johnson (I), and Jill Stein (G) will be present on the ballot. Participants are also encouraged to watch our Mock Election instructional YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPIXag-tuiw.
If you are a principal, teacher, or school superintendent and have misplaced or not received your school’s access code, please contact Brittany Hamilton at 334-242-7205 or Brittany.Hamilton@sos.alabama.gov, and John Bennett at 334-242-4133 or John.Bennett@sos.alabama.gov before 3 p.m. on October 25th.