a Mock Election
Hold a Mock Election at the Polling Place
Step-by-step guide to running your mock election
at the polling place:
1. Get started:
a Mock Election Coordinator and have the coordinator
register with our office by emailing Missy Shea at
The Town Clerk. Contact the town clerks in
the towns served by your school to see whether it would
be possible to run a mock election at the polling place
on Election Day. Find contact
information for your clerk. Ask the clerk whether
there is space in the polling place to set up the mock
election. In some towns the clerk may be able
to help run the mock election but most will ask you
to provide volunteers to run the election. Remember
that during a presidential election the polling place
will be very busy and the people running the election
must work hard to ensure that all goes smoothly.
volunteers to run the election. Ask your parents
group, high school student council members, the local
Rotary or Kiwanis club to run the mock election.
Decide what hours (before and after school - or
during school if the whole class is going at the same
time) the polls will be open and be sure to let the
students, parents and teachers know.
ballots and elections 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?)
mock election supplies!
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 volunteers who will be running the
election. (Or ask students to show their registration
the issues and candidates on the ballot. Use
Votes For Kids Curriculum or Democracy
in Action Newspaper
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.
Vermont Votes For Kids stickers that can be
used to decorate the tabletop booth and ballot box.
3.On Election Day:
up polling place. Be sure volunteers have the voting
booth, voter registration list, "I Voted" stickers,
mock ballots and ballot box at the polling place before
the polls open.
mock election supplies.
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.