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How to Participate
You can participate in Maine Student/Parent Mock Election by conducting a mock election in your school.
Due to Covid-19 precautions there will be no Rally Event in Augusta this year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to participate?
No, there is no cost to schools to participate.
Why should schools participate?
Participating in the Student Mock Election is an ideal opportunity to incorporate Maine Learning Results units regarding civics and government into the classroom. The mock election can be utilized to teach students about many of the areas outlined in MLR 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. This understanding entails insight into political power, how it is distributed and expressed, the types and purposes of governments, and their relationships with the governed.
When can our school hold our mock election?
Any day up to and including October 21, 2020. If you prefer to hold your election after this date, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do my students have to vote for each item on the ballot?
No. Simply report a zero total on your reporting form for each question that was not provided to your students.
Will the mock election ballot utilize ranked choice voting?
No. Although we had an RCV exercise for students at the 2018 Rally & Tally event, our system for statewide student voting is not designed for tabulating ranked choice votes. Unfortunately, an RCV simulation is not available for students at this time.
If you would like to review ranked choice voting with your students, please visit our RCV resources page. You will find an animated video explaining the process, sample ballots and a fact sheet that you may be able to use in your classroom. The rules for conducting a ranked-choice tabulation are also available on that page, if you wish to conduct your own RCV voting experience for students.
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