Students To Conduct Nations Largest Internet Mock Election
5, 2000 -- --
Participation Available To Every K-12 Student in Virginia --
Virginia Secretary of Education Wil Bryant and UVA Professor
Larry J. Sabato announced a joint partnership today between UVAs
Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) and the Virginia Student/Parent
Mock Election (VSPME) to conduct the largest student mock election
in the Commonwealths history. Participation in the joint mock
election program, known as the Virginia Youth Mock Election Coalition,
is available to every K-12 student in Virginia.
will begin on Monday, October 23, 2000. Polls will remain open through
2:00 PM on Thursday, November 2, 2000. The Youth Leadership Initiative
has developed software that allows students to vote online using
secure cyber-ballots that are specifically tailored to each students
home voting location. Schools that do not choose to use the
online ballots may vote using VSPME ballots also tailored to each
students home voting location. For ballot security purposes,
schools choosing to vote online must register their students to
vote at www.youthleadership.net
ballots, both electronic and paper, will include the races for President,
U.S. Senate, local Congressional races and three issue questions
developed for the Virginia Student Parent Mock Election by Gallup.
Statewide results will be announced at a press conference at the
State Capitol on Thursday, November 2, 2000.
the direction of its founder, UVA Professor Larry J. Sabato, the
University of Virginia Center for Governmental Studies launched
the national Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) as its signature
program in 1998 to combat the rising tide of apathy and cynicism
many Americans feel toward politics and government. Last year, the
YLI program conducted the largest Internet-based mock election in
the nation. Today YLI is offered nationally as a citizenship education
program designed to involve students in the American political process.
More information is available at www.youthleadership.net.
Virginia Student/Parent Mock Election is the state affiliate of
the National Student/Parent Mock Election. State coordinators for
the VSPME are the Governors School for Government and International
Studies and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education.
Started in 1980 in 30 states, the NPSME has expanded and in the
1996 Presidential election had over 6 million young people and their
parents voting in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and in 14 countries/territories
abroad. More information is available at www.mockelection2000.net.
VSPME and YLI offer classroom resources that are specifically linked
to the Virginia Standards of Learning to help students study the
American electoral process and cast votes as informed voters. On
October 4, 2000 VPSME and YLI will host the Youth Policy Forum with
participating students from throughout Virginia in the House of
Delegates Chamber at the State Capitol in Richmond. The Forum will
supplement classroom lessons and assist students in understanding
the issues in the upcoming election. Later that evening, at the
Governors School for Government and International Studies,
students will be invited to participate in a student-conducted debate
with the Delegate Eric Cantor and Dr. Warren Stewart, candidates
for the 7th Congressional District.
Ken Stroupe, (804) 243-8468