Students Prepare to Cast Their Vote in the Nevada Student/Parent Mock Election
(Carson City, NV) – On October 30th, students across Nevada will cast their vote in the 2008 Nevada Student/Parent Mock Election. Over 100 schools have enrolled in the national program in which students nationwide will vote for president, members of congress, governors (in applicable states) and select national issues.
Secretary of State Ross Miller is the state coordinator for the 2008 National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) and has been working in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Education and the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada to encourage schools throughout the state to participate in the mock election.
"The National Student/Parent Mock Election has played an important role in turning students into active voters since 1980," said Secretary Miller. "The program fosters voter participation at a young age and provides students with a real experience of the electoral process."
The NSPME has developed an on-line method of casting votes in collaboration with Google; free teacher curriculum materials for K-12 students; and opportunities for parent involvement.
Christine Stranahan, computer assistant at Desert Heights Elementary in Reno, has been preparing students for the Mock Election since September with activities such as poster contests, creating and sending invitations to elected state officials and candidates to participate in the school's Mock Election and hosting an inaugural ball in January for students to celebrate the presidential inauguration.
"I have been so impressed with the students' response to the program," said Stranahan. "To encourage students to vote, the vice principal and I have set a challenge for the students; if we receive 2000 or more votes, he will dye his hair pink, blue or whatever color the students decide."
Students were able to "early vote" starting Oct. 20th with a turnout of over 6,00 students. At Western High School in Las Vegas, over 2,300 students have cast their vote.
"The success for our Mock Election goes to the students in my AP US Government class," said Craig Fabbi, a Western High School government teacher. "A registrar of voters was selected by the class and he assigned various committees to promote and conduct the election throughout the school."
A state headquarters will be open on Mock Election Day at the Silver Ore conference room of the Nevada Department of Education in Carson City. Participating schools that choose not to vote online may call in or hand in their vote totals at the headquarters. Secretary Miller will be at the headquarters from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. on Mock Election Day to answer questions teachers and their students may have about the elections in Nevada and his role as the Secretary of State. As an extra bonus of the program, the school with the highest percentage of voter turnout will win a pizza party with Secretary Miller and a National Secretaries of States Medallion Award.
For more information about the 2008 Nevada Student/Parent Mock Election, visit the Secretary of State's election information website at www.silverstate08.com.
About National Student/Parent Mock Election:
The National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) is the nation's oldest, largest and most successful voter education project. Since the program began 28 years ago, almost 50 million students and parents have participated in the project, with 67 percent of the states now officially partnering with the NSPME. In the 2004 presidential election, a total of four million votes were cast from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and American schools around the world.
The NSPME has garnered an outstanding network of partners to enhance the 2008 Mock Election including the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; the PTA; the National Council for the Social Studies; the American Association of School Administrators; the Council of the Great City Schools; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; and USA Today. Google will collect the votes in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and in American schools overseas and USA Today will host the national election headquarters for the NSPME.