The Secretary of State’s office is supporting Tennessee’s 2018 Student Mock Election, and will be compiling voting results statewide on Oct. 30 for U.S. senator and Tennessee governor.
The Student Mock Election was first introduced during the 2016 presidential election, which drew participation from 165,968 students and 479 schools across the state.
Students in preschool through high school from all public and private schools, as well as home school associations across the state, can cast a vote for Tennessee’s next governor and U.S. senator. Registration is open through Oct. 12, and results must be submitted by Mock Election Day, Oct. 30.
“Our goal with the Student Mock Election is to emphasize the importance of civic engagement in our schools, hopefully preparing our students to be engaged citizens as they reach adulthood,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
The Civic Education and Engagement Advisory Committee has prepared lesson plans for teachers to incorporate civic engagement into their curriculum leading up to the Student Mock Election.
The Secretary of State’s office office will provide paper ballots, however some schools may choose to conduct the voting a different way or include additional races on their ballots. The results reporting mechanism will open on October 15 for “Early Voting” and close on Student Mock Election Day on October 30, 2018.
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office also is kicking off the third annual civics essay contest, a chance for students to receive scholarship money and a trip to the State Capitol. The theme of this year’s essay contest is leadership. Students will write based on grade appropriate writing prompts. Winning students will receive a TNStars 529 Program College Savings scholarship of $100, $250, or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol. For more information about how to participate, click here.
For more information about the Student Mock Election and other civic engagement initiatives, visit sos.tn.gov/civics