Press Release: October 22, 2016

Who Will Students Elect in 2016?

National Student/Parent Mock Election gives students a voice

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The National Student/Parent Mock Election will be marking its 18th mock election this year by adding a mobile option. Students, parents, and teachers will now be able to participate in the 36-year tradition on their computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Tucson, Arizona, October 22, 2016 - National Student Parent Mock Elections is proud to announce the addition of a mobile option to accommodate the ten million plus students now using state of the art technology in the classroom. Votes can be cast the traditional way on paper ballots, or on the student’s smartphone, tablet, iPads, laptops, or any other internet enabled device. And, thanks to our new partnership with the national voter engagement site Win My Vote, students can now review candidates and choose favorites, as easily as "liking" someone on Facebook. As in years past, the National Student/Parent Mock Election is free to all participates.

Participants choosing the online option will be able to review multimedia candidate profiles, discuss issues with other voters and cast their vote on their state ballot for president, senator and governor, where there is a race, and US House of Representative in their district. Student will also be asked to weigh in on four national topics: "Democracy", "The Economy", "Immigration" and "Liberty and Justice for All". Teachers Guides to the four topics are now on our website at: 2016 Curriculum Guides. Voting instructions and ballots are on our website. To enroll go to:

Practice voting is available through October 24. Actual voting takes place from October 25 - November 3, 9:00 PM Pacific Time.

"It will be an experience you will never forget!"
- Senator Ted Kennedy

"The National Student/Parent Mock Election is not only the ‘largest voter education project ever’ (TIME), but also the largest violence prevention project ever."
- Senator Orrin Hatch

Over 50 national business, educational, civic and religious organizations cooperate with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, from the American Association of School Administrators to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Awards are given by The National Association of State Boards of Education, The American Association of School Administrators, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, The League of Women Voters of the U.S., and The National Association of Student Councils (Ruth Hollander Award) for outstanding Mock Election programs. (See the work of previous award winners on our website at

Past awards have gone to a community center in Chicago that used the Mock Election to teach immigrants, a school district in Texas that used the project to educate the entire district’s janitorial staff, a student council member who succeeded in involving 5000 students in Cornell, teachers who organized an inaugural ball for students and parents etc.

"With just a few clicks teachers and students can join the NSPME, review candidate profiles, discuss issues, and cast their vote. NSPME will tally the votes in real-time. You may register entire school districts free."
- The Social Studies Professional, the official newsletter of the National Council for the Social Studies.

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Press Release: Sept. 18, 2014

Civic Education, Elections and Business Intelligence

by Dr. Ramon Barquin, board member of the National Student/Parent Mock Election (reprinted with permission by

This November, we will have what are normally referred to as midterm elections, given that they take place in the middle of a sitting president’s tenure. In general, they elicit less excitement than when we elect our head of state, which is illustrated by the fact the turnout for midterms is about 40% of eligible voters versus a little under 60% in presidential elections.

Not that midterms are less important, mind you, given that control of the House of Representatives is always at stake, as well as control of the Senate, potentially, and of many statehouses (see It is just the reality of voter turnout in our nation.

The fact is that the United States has an abysmal record of voter participation. This low voter turnout is an indicator that Americans don’t think much of their government or their elected representatives. Popular late night show host Jay Leno had a segment on his show called "Jaywalking" where he asked fairly simple questions of average Americans on the street. It never failed to shock when the answers from the average John or Jane Doe revealed the level of ignorance with respect to the basics of how government works or who their representatives are. This is tragic and cannot augur well in the long run for America since a citizenship cannot be divorced from its government and leadership.

This brings me again to advocate for an organization that is the nation’s largest voter education project, serving not just the United States but also the District of Columbia, the territories and even American schools abroad – the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME).

Here are a few added tidbits of the sad reality that NSPME has collected:

I sit on the Board of the not-for-profit, non-partisan NSPME, and I have been an active supporter for some 30 years because of my personal belief that for our nation to be strong, our leaders must be chosen by an educated electorate. Since NSPME was founded in 1980, over 50 million students, and often their parents too, have participated in our mock elections. In doing so, they start to understand the importance of voting, the need to press candidates on positions and issues, and the mechanics of the process. This makes the NSPME a vital player in encouraging voter participation.

Congress seems to also believe in the importance of the NSPME and actually authorized the organization under two statutes, "No Child Left Behind" and the "Help America Vote Act." But authorization is different from appropriation, and funding for the NSPME must come from other sources.

The 2014 midterm elections are setting themselves up to be quite important in that context since there is a distinct possibility that the Senate may also become controlled by a Republican majority, hence establishing a strongly divided government in Washington. But in line with lower turnout, it is usually midterms when support for voter education also falls.

October 30, 2014, will be Mock Election Day. Volunteers in all 50 states and the territories will organize the event statewide. We urge all to bridge the gap and get involved.

Ramon Barquin is president of Barquin International, a corporate consulting firm that specializes in data warehousing and information technology.

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