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MyVote California Student Mock Election and High School Voter Education Weeks Information.

MyVote California Student Mock Election

Created in 2006, the Student Voting Project, now called the MyVote California Student Mock Election, was a bipartisan effort to increase student knowledge about democratic principles and processes in order to address a growing concern about warning student engagement in civic and governmental affairs. This project is designed to coordinate with Constitution Day External link opens in new window or tab., a federal requirement enacted in 2005 that designates each September 17 as Constitution Day.

To encourage students to become active voters once they are old enough to cast a ballot, the Secretary of State and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction invite high school and middle school students, teachers, and principals to participate in the MyVote California Student Mock Election. For more information, please visit the MyVote External link opens in new window or tab. page on the Secretary of State's Web site.

High School Voter Education Week

California Education Code 49040– 49041 External link opens in new window or tab. designates the last two weeks of April and September as “High School Voter Education Weeks” and authorizes schools to designate students as “voter outreach coordinators.” With county elections officials as partners, available resources make it easy for schools to participate. Teachers can help eligible students who will be 18 years old by the next election learn how to register to vote–either on a paper form or online. Students can register with their smartphones. Voter outreach coordinators can lead registration drives and other related school activities.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Secretary of State encourage schools to make “High School Voter Education Weeks” an important aspect of their civic engagement activities each year. Here are some ideas and resources to help students and schools get started:

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 1, 2016
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