Mock Elections Generate Real Election Excitement For Students

by California State PTA

While many middle and high school students may not yet be able to vote officially, they can participate in mock elections. Many PTAs offer mock elections as a student program to teach students about the elections process, the electoral college, and upcoming ballot initiatives. After learning about the issues, students can vote with a simple ballot or using scantrons like real voters do. 

Some PTAs and schools opt to participate in the statewide Student Mock Election to share their election results. During the 2022 California Student Mock Election, students will be able to cast their vote for Governor of California, United States Senator, and ballot measures that have been placed on the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot.

After coordinating a mock election program, be sure to share what students were taught and the results of the mock election to your community. 

Click here for more information about the California Student Mock Election:

  • September 19, 2022, is the last day to register and receive a Student Mock Election Supply Kit in the mail, if requested. 
  • Schools that register after September 19 will receive instructions allowing them to download and print Student Mock Election materials from the California Secretary of State’s website. 

October 5, 2022, is the last day to register for the 2022 California Student Mock Election.