Just a week before the November general election, the library at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School became a temporary polling place as Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students cast ballots in the 2014 MyVote California Student Mock Election.
"Mock election is a great hands-on learning tool."—Principal Lauren Roth
Students from SCOE's Galt High School special education program also participated in the statewide Mock Election, selecting candidates in California's gubernatorial race and voting on the ballot measures on the upcoming November 4, 2014 ballot.
MyVote, a program involving the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the MyVoice National Student Mock Election, gives students an election season opportunity to make their voices heard on the candidates and issues that affect them and their families.
"The mock election is a great hands-on learning tool. For students, it shows them how they can take charge of their lives through civic responsibility. For teachers, it helps to promote civic awareness among our voters of tomorrow," said Principal Lauren Roth.
During the Mock Election, students can compare their voting results to those of their peers around the state. They will also be able to compare their decisions to those made by adult voters. The overall goal of the program is to help high school and middle school students discover the importance of elections and the power of their votes in our democracy.
This year, thousands of California high school students participated in the MyVote California Student Mock Election. They joined millions of student voters in other states in an impressive display of student opinion on the candidates and issues affecting the future of California and the nation.