Less than one month before the 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 2016 MyVote California Student Mock Election.
Students from the Palmiter campus and SCOE's Eleanor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High school campus voted for candidates for U.S. President and U.S. Senator. They also cast ballots on several of the statewide propositions that will come before voters in the November 8, 2016, general election.
The MyVote mock election is a program involving the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the MyVoice National Student Mock Election. It gives students an election season opportunity to make their voices heard on the candidates and issues that affect them and their families.
During mock elections, students can compare their voting results to those of their peers around the state. They can also compare their decisions to those being 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.