FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016
Contacts: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)
Michael Pollack (217.649.3503)
Greg Stock (email@example.com)
Barb Wysocki (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eleven County High Schools Participate In Mock Election
URBANA, IL – Eleven Champaign County High Schools will be conducting mock elections this week, using ballots, tabulators and procedures similar to those used for the General Election to be conducted on November 8.
“High school students participating in this mock election will see how easy voting really is,” said Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten. “We hope that the experience will encourage many to become lifelong voters.”
Centennial Social Studies teacher Greg Stock also said, “We are excited to have this opportunity for students to better understand the voting process plus it also gives us a great opportunity to talk about other offices up for election besides just the Presidency. Many of our students are also serving in the Student Election Judge Program on Election Day so it’s a great chance for them to be on the voter side of the election this time.”
“This is the third presidential cycle in which we have run mock elections at our local high schools,” said Michael Pollock, a retired Urbana High School educator who arranges the mock election as a volunteer. “This is the best and most fun hands-on educational tool I have seen to help prepare our young citizens about the process and value of civic participation. This exercise teaches not only how to vote, but how important it is to prepare to vote by understanding the candidates and issues that are important to our communities.”
“I am always so impressed with the seriousness with which students take this voting exercise,” said Barb Wysocki, President of the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, which provides volunteers to assist with the mock election voting process. “Even though they know it’s not the “real thing”, they accept their I Voted sticker with a great deal of pride and sense of accomplishment. I hope they remember that moment for a long time.”
The Champaign County Clerk’s office prepared ballots containing the appropriate Federal and State offices for the districts that roughly matched the territory of the school districts, and worked with schools on appropriate referenda. The Clerk’s office provided ballots, tabulators, ballot boxes, voting booths, privacy covers, pens, “I Voted” stickers and other supplies in an effort to make the voting experience for students as similar as possible to real voting.
Results will be released at week’s end, with each school serving as a “precinct” and countywide results being available at www.champaigncountyclerk.com/blog/.
The schedule of schools participating is:
- Monday, October 17, 2016: Rantoul Township High School and St. Thomas More High School
- Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, and Mahomet-Seymour High School
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Heritage High School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School
- Thursday, October 20, 2016: Fisher High School, Judah Christian High School, and Urbana High School
- Friday, October 21, 2016: University Laboratory High School