a Mock Election
Hold a Mock Election at Your School
Step-by-step guide to running a mock election at
1. Get started:
a Mock Election Coordinator and have the coordinator
register with our office by emailing Missy Shea at
who will run the election and where it will take place.
Ask a classroom, the parents group, the student council
or some other school group to run the election.
Decide where the polling will take place and the hours
the polls will be open. Be sure to get permission
from the principal and let all the teachers know.
ballots and election materials. Many schools
also make their own ballots with local issues or school
questions to vote on (ex. Should the school allow
students to chew gum? Should the school require
students to wear uniforms?)
Order mock election
2. In the classroom:
students to vote. Ask students to fill out a student
voter registration form. Download
our student registration form and copy as you need.
a voter checklist. Provide a student voter
checklist to the people who will be running the election.
(Or ask students to show their registration receipts).
the issues and candidates on the ballot. Use
the Vermont Votes For
Kids Curriculum or Democracy
in Action Newspaper
Education Pages to teach students about voting and
the importance of voting to our democracy.
election officials or candidates to speak to your class.
Many candidates and election officials are willing
to visit your school to explain the election process.
election booths/ballot box. On Election Day
voting can take place at a designated table set up with
privacy barriers for voters. Your class can make these
barriers by cutting the top, bottom and one side off
a cardboard box (or purchase or reuse science fair type
display boards.) These voting booths can be decorated
by students. Make ballot box by cutting a slit
into a closed cardboard box. Order
Votes For Kids stickers that can be used to
decorate the tabletop booth and ballot box.
3.On Election Day:
¥ Set Up
Polling Place. Be sure the people running the election
have the voting booth, voter registration list, "I Voted"
sticker, mock ballots and ballot box. Order
mock election materials.
the votes when the polling place closes.
the mock election results. Your election
results will be reported as part of the statewide mock
vote tally so get those results in to us as soon as
you have them.
your election results.