For Immediate Release
September 4, 2018
SOS Press Office
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to encourage students to become active voters as soon as they are old enough to cast a ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson invite high school and middle school students, teachers and principals to participate in the California Student Mock Election, which will take place on October 9, 2018, for the Gubernatorial General Election.
“I invite educators throughout California to partner with our office and inspire a new generation of active citizens,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “The student mock election will help young people discover that democracy flourishes when we all participate. As students learn about candidates and issues, they learn firsthand how government and politics affect their lives. They experience how citizens make their voice heard in our democracy, and learn the power of their votes when they are joined by thousands of their fellow students across California.”
The Secretary of State’s office has launched a revamped student mock election website, with a new promotional video, resources for students and educators, and easy online registration to participate. All schools that register by September 18, 2018, will receive printed ballots, posters, “I Voted” stickers, and other materials by mail. Ballots and posters will be available to print on the Student Mock Election website for schools that register after September 18, 2018.
In 2016, 523 schools participated in the statewide student mock election. Results from the October 9, 2018 mock election will be posted online.