Nearly 32,000 Kentucky high school students voted today for their favorite candidates for President of the United States and U.S. Senator. They also voiced their opinion on an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution. Nearly 20,000 more students are expected make their choices known before November 2, 2004. High school students from across the Commonwealth participated in the National Student Mock Election coordinated by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
“It is essential that students become acclimated to the democratic process and there is no better way than for them to participate in the process themselves,” stated Secretary Grayson. “We hope that this will begin a lifelong commitment to voting among these young people.”
The National Student/Parent Mock Election makes students and parents aware of the power of their ballot by actively involving them in a full-fledged mock national election. In the last two presidential election years alone, over 10 million students, parents and teachers participated from across the country and 14 countries/territories around the world where Americans are based. Over 40 million have participated since the project began.
In addition to the mock election, curriculum enhancements were sent to teachers in order to further incorporate the election into their instruction. This is part of state wide effort to teach students about civic responsibility and the power of voting.
The Kentucky students voted overwhelmingly to re-elect President George W. Bush and Senator Jim Bunning. In the Presidential race, Bush garnered 55.6 % of the vote while Senator John Kerry was the choice of 36.1% of students. Independent Candidate Ralph Nader received 6.8%, while Libertarian Candidate Michael Peroutka and Constitution Party Candidate Michael Badnarik received 1.1% and 0.4% respectively.
Senator Bunning was the top choice for young Kentuckians to serve a six-year term in the United States Senate. Bunning received 60.8% of the vote and his opponent State Senator Daniel Mongiardo received 39.2% of the students support.
Young Kentuckians also voted overwhelming in favor to amend the Kentucky Constitution by a 2 to 1 margin. 66.4% of the students voted for the amendment while only 33.6% of the students voted against it.
Secretary Grayson recently hosted the Kentucky Summit on Civic Literacy. The Summit represents the beginning of a multi-year effort that will determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth and will recommend a plan for improving civic engagement and literacy.
“By involving students in the democratic process, we hope to energize young people to remind their family and friends about the importance of voting on November 2nd,” said Secretary Grayson. Grayson noted that this project is just a small part of the outreach that he and other secretaries of state make as part of their involvement in the National Association of Secretaries of State where he serves as vice-chair of the voter participation committee.
The National Student/Parent Mock Election is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with over sixty national civic, educational, and business organizations cooperating on the project. The National Student/Parent Mock Election is the first organization to be officially endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of States. For more information on Kentucky’s results, visit www.kysos.com/mockelection.
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The National Student/Parent Mock Election
A National Citizenship Education Project
The National Student/Parent Mock Election is a civic education project that seeks to familiarize, excite, involve and mobilize all generations of Americans about the electoral process.
It is not, and cannot be considered, a scientific sampling. Among the mock elections of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, there is no uniformity of participation, of age levels, of preparation of voters, or of voting strategies, and therefore the Mock Election is not representative of any voting trends of the American public. The results cannot be used as an accurate prediction, or as the basis for an accurate prediction, of real election results. Even if it permitted a scientific sampling, which it does not, the National Student/Parent Mock Election could not influence the outcome of any election.
The National Student/Parent Mock Election is totally non-partisan. It has the endorsement of both national parties and is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Election Assistance Commission.
The National Student/Parent Mock Election asks the help of the media and of the educational community. It is the collective responsibility of the National Student/Parent Mock Election and the media to properly and accurately present this citizenship education project to the public, carefully avoiding any potential misrepresentation of the Mock Election as a prediction. We ask your help in protecting this project and in providing motivation and recognition for today’s and tomorrow’s voters. The world’s longest lasting democracy, and “last best hope,” is at stake. As the statistics on voter turnout show us, the risk is great, the dangers of civic illiteracy real. Help us pass the torch to an educated and informed generation, one responsible for leading our nation in the 21st century.