Secretary of State
Governor’s Scholars Cast Votes in Mock Election for President

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

(Frankfort, KY)  Kentucky’s Governors Scholars received a great civics lesson when each of the three Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) campuses hosted a mock gubernatorial election surrounding Independence Day, with Senator John McCain winning among the students.  The mock election was hosted in conjunction with voter registration drives through the Office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK). 

            “I am delighted that so many scholars decided to participate in the mock election and that we were able to register so many students to vote in time for the November election,” remarked Grayson who is the state’s Chief Election Official.  “It is important for everyone to examine candidates for public office and to make their voices heard.  One vote can make a really big difference.”

The total results for all three campuses, with 845 votes cast, were as follows:

John McCain (Rep.):                49.4 %

Barack Obama(Dem.):             46.9 %

Chuck Baldwin (Const.):           0.82 %

Bob Barr (Lib.):                        1.30%

Cynthia McKinney (Grn.):         0.12%

Ralph Nader (Ind.):                  1.54%

 Staff for the Office of the Secretary of State was on hand at each campus to demonstrate one of the state’s common electronic voting machines, help first time voters register in their home precincts, and answer questions about the voting process.   

Grayson directs the CLIK, a multi-year effort that will determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth.  As part of that effort, he released a report, Rediscovering Democracy: An Agenda for Action, that calls upon the state to take tangible steps to increase civic literacy.  The report, which details four principle recommendations and scores of additional recommendations, was developed from the work of the Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy and the CLIK.  As part of this effort, the Office of the Secretary of State sponsors numerous mock elections for middle and high schools, colleges, and other education programs such as GSP. 

“By involving students in the democratic process, we wish to not only energize young people to vote, but to also remind their family and friends about the importance of voting in this year’s general election,” said Secretary Grayson.  

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors.  The Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere, without fully understanding the potential that their talents could fulfill at home.  The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.  The program currently hosts 5-week sessions for 1,075 students on the Bellarmine University, Centre College, and Morehead State University campuses.

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