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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner of Education

Dan A. Gwadosky, Secretary of State   


DATE:             May 17, 2002


RE:                   National Student/Parent Mock Elections



Before the school year closes, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that this fall, the Office of the Secretary of State will serve as the Maine Coordinator of the National Student/Parent Mock Elections.  Our state program will begin in earnest in early September, and in preparation for our fall initiative we would like to have you designate a contact for your school by June 14, 2002.  Please return the enclosed coordinator form to Denise Garland at the Office of the Secretary of State, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148.


The Maine Student/Parent Mock Election is an excellent way to encourage young people to become interested in voting and involved in state and national issues and candidates.  Many schools use this as an opportunity to incorporate the Maine Learning Results with units regarding civics and government into the classroom.  The Student/Parent Mock Elections can be utilized to teach students about many of the areas outlined in the Learning Results including constitutional principles and the democratic foundations of national, state, and local systems and institutions.  Students will learn how to exercise the rights and responsibilities of participation in civic life and to analyze and evaluate public policies.  These understandings entail insight into political power, how it is distributed and expressed, the types and purposes of governments, and their relationships with the governed.


Valuing the importance of education and fostering youth involvement in democracy, we have joined together to encourage your participation and provide this informational guide in an effort to enforce a connection with today’s learning and tomorrow’s informed voters.  Please select a Mock Election coordinator as soon as possible, but no later than June 14, 2002!  Additional information regarding the program will be mailed to your chosen Mock Election coordinator at the start of school.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Denise Garland in the Office of the Secretary of State at 626-8406.



Attachment:  2002 Mock Election Teacher's Guide