When will the 2020 California Student Mock Election take place?

  • The 2020 California Student Mock Election will take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Voting results are due to the Secretary of State’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 6.

Who can participate in the Student Mock Election?

  • The 2020 California Student Mock Election is open to all middle schools and high schools in the state of California.

How do schools sign up for the Student Mock Election?

  • Schools must register online for the Student Mock Election. Follow the “Register” link to the left to register your school now.
  • Each school must select a Student Mock Election Coordinator, who will be the point of contact for information and materials related to the Student Mock Election. In addition, schools will be asked to provide the total population of their school, and the estimated number of students from that school who will participate in the Student Mock Election.

How do students participate in the Student Mock Election?

  • Students must be enrolled at a registered school in order to participate in the Student Mock Election. If you are unsure whether or not your school plans to participate in the Student Mock Election, we encourage you to share this flyer with your principal or favorite teachers and encourage them to register your school. 

My school registered for a previous Student Mock Election. Does the school have to register again?

  • Yes. Schools must register for each Student Mock Election, and designate a coordinator for that mock election.

Is there a deadline to register for the Student Mock Election?

  • There are two important deadlines for the Student Mock Election.
  • September 16, 2020 is the last day to register and receive a Student Mock Election Supply Kit in the mail, if requested. Schools that register after September 16 will receive instructions allowing them to download and print Student Mock Election materials from our website.
  • September 30, 2020 is the last day to register for the Student Mock Election.

How does Student Mock Election voting take place?

  • Schools can conduct the voting however they choose. Many schools choose to set up a polling location with voting booths where students can show up to vote. Other schools have chosen to conduct voting in classrooms during class sessions, and have teachers submit their classroom totals to the Student Mock Election Coordinator. For more ideas about how to make the voting experience educational and engaging for your students, visit the “Ideas For Your Mock Election” link in the left sidebar.

How do schools report their Student Mock Election voting results?

  • School should use the School Vote Reporting Form to tabulate their school-wide voting results at the conclusion of their mock election. If voting is taking place in classrooms, schools are welcome to create their own classroom reporting forms or distribute copies of the School Vote Reporting Form for each teacher. However, results will need to be combined into campus-wide totals before they are submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • The mock election coordinator for each school will need to log on to their account and enter their results. For more details, please visit the Instructions for Tabulation and Reporting.

What if my school can’t vote on Tuesday, October 6?

  • Schools that are unable to vote on October 6 may vote on an earlier day as long as they report their results to the Secretary of State’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 6. Schools may begin reporting their results on the Student Mock Election website on October 1, 2020. 

When will the results of the Student Mock Election be posted?

  • The results of the 2020 California Student Mock Election will be posted on Mock Election Day: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, following the 5:00 p.m. deadline for submitting results.

What issues will students vote on in the Student Mock Election?

  • During the 2020 California Student Mock Election, students will be able to cast their vote for President of the United States as well as initiatives and referendum measures from the November 2020 California General Election.

How can I learn more about the candidates and ballot propositions for the Student Mock Election?