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Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Education Commissioner Cardona Invite High School Students Across the State to Participate in 2020 Connecticut Student Mock Election

The nonpartisan, educational program will encourage youth to become active voters once they are old enough to vote; introduce students to the voting process

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and state Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona today invited high school students across the state to participate in the 2020 Connecticut Student Mock Election, a nonpartisan, educational program designed to encourage youth to become active voters once they are old enough to vote.

More than 50 high school districts will cast their ballot during the virtual mock election which is being held by the state Department of Education in partnership with the Office of the Lt. Governor. This voter education program is the first of its kind provided by the state.

From Oct. 19 to Oct. 30, students will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for their choice of President. Students will have the opportunity to vote for the same presidential candidates registered Connecticut voters will choose from on Election Day.

“Our young people have the potential to be a powerful voice in our elections, but only if they know how to exercise their right to vote. Through this initiative, we hope to increase students’ interest in voting and give them the opportunity to learn more about this year’s slate of candidates, their policies, and how all levels of government impact every aspect of our lives,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz. “After participating in this mock election, students will better understand how to make their voice heard in our democracy, how to get involved in public service, and experience the power of their vote.”

“This mock election provides districts with a civics lesson that goes above and beyond the textbook. The already popular high school program encourages student voice and civic participation by introducing our youth to our election process in a tangible way. Just as importantly, it gets students excited to exercise their right to vote,” said Education Commissioner Cardona. “By stressing the importance of voting in ways that are fun and engaging, we are also encouraging students to be active and involved members of their community throughout their lives.”

Through this initiative, students will be introduced to the voting process and the power of voting. The mock election will take place virtually to ensure every student – whether they are learning from home or in the classroom – can participate while protecting their health and safety. Students who are interested in participating will each receive a unique PIN which will allow them to cast their ballot.

School districts had until Friday, Oct. 16 to register to participate in the 2020 Connecticut Mock Election. Fifty-nine school districts across the state have elected to participate in the virtual mock election:

  1. AI Prince Technical High School
  2. Arch Bridges School

  3. Bethel School District

  4. Bloomfield School District

  5. Branford Public Schools

  6. Bristol School District

  7. Brookfield School District

  8. Bullard Technical High School

  9. Canton School District

  10. Cheshire School District

  11. Colchester School District

  12. Derby School District

  13. East Hartford School District

  14. East Haven School District

  15. East Windsor Public Schools

  16. Eli Whitney Technical

  17. Ellis Technical High School

  18. Enfield School District

  19. Fairfield School District

  20. Focus Center for Autism

  21. The Gilbert School

  22. Grasso Technical High School

  23. Griswold School District

  24. Groton Public Schools

  25. Hamden School District

  26. Highville Charter School District

  27. Kaynor Technical High School

  28. Lebanon School District

  29. Manchester School District

  30. Meriden School District

  31. Middletown School District

  32. Milford School District

  33. New London Public Schools

  34. Newtown School District

  35. North Haven School District

  36. Northwestern Regional High School

  37. Norwalk Public Schools

  38. O'Brien Technical High School

  39. Old Saybrook School District

  40. Platt Technical High School

  41. Plymouth School District

  42. Portland School District

  43. Simsbury School District

  44. South Windsor Public School District

  45. Stamford School District

  46. Stratford School District

  47. Thompson School District

  48. Torrington School District

  49. Vinal Technical High School

  50. Wallingford Public Schools

  51. Waterbury School District

  52. West Hartford Public Schools

  53. West Haven School District

  54. Westport Public Schools

  55. Westbrook Public Schools

  56. Wethersfield Public Schools

  57. Windham Technical High School

  58. Woodhouse Academy

  59. Vernon Public Schools

The 2020 Connecticut Student Mock Election is an academic exercise and is not designed to predict the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. The views expressed are those of the participating students.

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