Student mock election mirrors outcome of general election
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2012) – More than 40,000 Hoosier kids across the state cast their paper ballots yesterday to elect their own governor and president in a show of active citizenship through the 2012 Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE) program, and the results are in: President Barack Obama won with a 6 percent lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and Congressman Mike Pence won with a 10 percent lead over Democrat candidate John Gregg.
"The desire of these young Hoosiers to watch the presidential and gubernatorial debates at home with their parents and to stay up late to hear the actual election results is a reflection of how much the Indiana Kids' Election program has to offer, " said Melissa Maxwell, a fifth grade teacher and coordinator of the school-wide mock election at Center Grove Elementary School. "I am still marveling at how simple it was to implement the mock election at our school and how knowledgeable my students are about the election process as a result."
Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education, IKE was first launched to help educators meet I.C. 20-30-5-4, which requires them to provide instruction on the election process (e.g., methods of voting, party structures, citizen participation) within two weeks of a general election for students in grades 6-12. Where the voting age is lowered to five, IKE provides teachers with age-appropriate lesson plans, free of charge, to use in the classroom.
Based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration, IKE also attempts to help thousands of Hoosier students acquire the habit of voting at a young age. Conducted every four years, it allows students in grades K-12 to vote in a class or school-wide mock election. Students learn to develop good voting habits by participating in voting milestones such as registering to vote and casting a ballot on Election Day.
For more information about IKE, visit www.indianakidselection.com. Photos and video of students voting are available at www.facebook.com/indianastatebar.
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