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For Immediate Release
October 30, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Mock Election to be Held Today!
Student to Tabulate Votes at 2 Locations

AUGUSTA--The Maine Mock Election will be held today with nearly 300 schools across the state casting ballots as part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, a nonpartisan democracy education project for students.

Schools in all areas of the state have been preparing for Mock Election Day since September, with many teachers including information about candidates, the issues and the election process in their lesson plans. Today, students will cast ballots at their school during the day and the results of the voting will be reported at Mock Election Headquarters in Bangor and Augusta from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Maine Mock Election, part of the Foster Youth Involvement program, is coordinated by Secretary Gwadosky with the assistance of a steering committee of educators and democracy advocates. A list of committee members is attached. The type of activities conducted at each school prior to the election is left to the creativity and judgment of the local organizers.

Over 300 students, representing 18 different schools, will run the headquarters and take results from nearly 300 schools participating in the voting. The Mock Election program simulates election night activities for students and allows for hands on learning experience. Students may participate in a number of events including a press conference, phone bank for receiving election results, tote board for posting results, and a variety of presentations.

Several guests have been invited to address the students at both locations during the afternoon and evening festivities. All candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor and US House of Representatives and the Maine Legislature have been invited to attend. An updated list of attendees and schedule of events can be viewed below. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

For the mock election vote, schools have been provided with a modified ballot that includes the candidates for US Senate, Governor, US House of Representatives and the referendum questions. However, the emphasis of the Mock Election is education, not just election results.

For additional information regarding the Mock Election Night Activities or the participating schools, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 626-8406.

Program for the Augusta event
Program for the Bangor event

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