CHS participates in mock election

CHS participates in mock election

Carlinville High School students and teachers took part in a national mock election on Oct. 23-24. Students used a state-of-the-art online voting system to participate in a mock election program sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative, a national civic education program based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Millions of students have voted in the YLI mock elections, making it the largest secure, student-only online mock election in the nation.

“Programs such as the YLI mock election have the opportunity to excite students about our democracy,” said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Students are empowered with a sense of ‘I can’ optimism that will lead to a lifetime of civic involvement.”

A national research study conducted by Sabato and Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe found that the instructional components of YLI can have a positive impact on students, and Stroupe found that “students in classes where teachers used the YLI mock election and the related lesson plans reported a higher tendency towards future political participation.”

Pictured, from left, are Owen Griffiths, Annabelle Hulett and Claire Ridens.

Pictured, from left, are Jodie Walden, Darby Murphy, Alexandra Casey and Drew Jackson.