The Secretary of State’s office, in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the American Village and the Alabama Independent Schools Association (AISA), will host an “Alabama Votes” Student Mock Election October 25. The program is open to Alabama students in fourth through twelfth grades.
“One of the most fundamental rights we as Americans are afforded is our right to vote,” Secretary of State John Merrill said in a press release. “Our students in the state of Alabama have the opportunity to be a powerful voice in the electoral process, and we must do everything we can to educate them on the importance of their right to vote.”
The event gives students an early opportunity to become familiar with the electoral process and will generate awareness among Alabama’s student population.
Ballots will be distributed to all of Alabama’s 1,500 schools, as well as various home school networks, via the ALSDE and AISA, the data from which will then be forwarded to the central office and on to the Secretary of State’s Office.
“The ‘Alabama Votes’ Mock Election is a great way to generate interest and spur excitement among Alabama’s student population about civic responsibility, democratic principles, and the upcoming presidential election,” said ALSDE Superintendent Tommy Bice. “This opportunity gives students a platform to discuss their individual viewpoints on everything from social and domestic issues to foreign policy and economics. The Mock Election will focus squarely on getting young people engaged in the voting process as they simulate voting for a real-life presidential candidate.”
The American Village will host a Student Mock election Convention July 12 through 14 for students in ninth through twelfth grade in any of Alabama’s public, private, parochial or home schools.
The last day to register for the event is April 22 and can be done from the American Village website.