For Immediate Release
October 28, 2004
Contact: Doug Dunbar
Student Mock Election Results Announced
Kerry, Allen, Michaud and Question 2 Favored; Question 1 Opposed
– More than 65,000 ballots were cast this week in what is believed to be the largest Student Mock Election in Maine history. Over 400 schools registered for the Student Mock Election, and more than 600 students participated in events at the Bangor Auditorium and Augusta Civic Center on October 26th to receive and tabulate results from participating schools. The events also featured speeches by students and candidates for public office. All of Maine’s Congressional candidates took part, and Governor John Baldacci addressed students in Augusta.
Maine’s Student Mock Election is coordinated by Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. It is part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, a nonpartisan democracy education project which provided students in all 50 states an opportunity to cast ballots for the 2004 General Election.
“Maine’s Student Mock Election not only educates young people about our democracy and voting process, but it also creates excitement and motivates many students to encourage the adults in their lives to cast a ballot in the actual election. The benefits of this project are both immediate and long-term,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.
The final results reported from more than 275 of the participating schools were released on Thursday. They favored Senator John Kerry for President, as well as Representatives Tom Allen and Mike Michaud for re-election. Maine students voted against Question 1 regarding property taxes, but favored Question 2, which would bar certain bear hunting practices. Complete results are available online at http://www.maine.gov/mockelection/.
The Student Mock Election events in Bangor and Augusta were generously supported by the Bangor Daily News, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, Augusta Civic Center, Bangor Auditorium, Hannaford, Spanky’s Pizza, North Center Foodservice, Seltzer & Rydholm, Pepsi Bottling Group of Hampden, Are You Ready to Party, Rollins Furniture and InforME.