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2021 Mock Student Election Now Open to Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Washington | Local

OLYMPIA – Washington Secretary of State calls on Washington students and teachers to participate in the 2021 mock student election.

Open now through November 2, the Student Mock Election is a non-partisan educational initiative that teaches K-12 students how elections work and how to become informed voters. Students have the opportunity to participate in an election “simulation” and vote on actual races and measures, including fictitious questions relevant to their daily lives.

Ballots, posters, voter brochures and more are available for download and printing. Other resources include “I Voted” stickers and the Teaching Elections in Washington State book. The courses meet state and core curriculum standards, and meet civic education courses required for graduation. Classroom assessments are included with each lesson.

In 2019, legislation came into effect that allows Washington citizens aged 16 and 17 to register as “future voters” and be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18. More information on the Future Voter program, including qualifications and how to register, is available here.

“The Student Mock Election is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about elections and become more informed and involved citizens.” said Lori Augino, Chief Electoral Officer, Office of the Secretary of State. “Initiatives like the mock student election and the Future Voter program are helping young people make civic engagement a lifelong habit. “