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.
California State Board of Managers member and past Vice President of Education Mary Perry recently wrote an article for Ed100 entitled, “Are California Students Prepared for Citizenship?”
She writes, “Some students are deeply involved in civic life. They may have participated in student government or taken an active role with their school’s PTSA. They may have campaigned for a local candidate or helped organize a grassroots effort to address an issue they care deeply about. They may have taken every course their high school offers on history, government and politics or even finished all the lessons about California education available here on Ed100.
Until now, however, the state did not provide any recognition for students’ civic learning and engagement. Nor did it keep track of which students, in which schools and districts, had these kinds of opportunities. That is changing, thanks to the creation of the State Seal of Civic Engagement.”
This topic of civic engagement also was discussed at our 2021 Legislation Conference: A Path to Equity, by John Roberts, Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. See what he has to say about the importance of civics education here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R_VLzyG_SmI_rjQnNp-wbAV1N4dNjDQV/view?usp=sharing
To read the rest of the Ed100 article, click here: https://ed100.org/blog/civic-education
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