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November 04, 2008

Vermont Votes for Kids Kicks Off Statewide Student Mock Election

Secretary of State’s Office Helps Harwood Union with Student Mock Election

Duxbury. Vermont Votes for Kids kicked off its 2008 student mock election program at Harwood Union Middle and High School. Civic Education and Voter Outreach staff from Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz’s office joined school social studies teachers, led by Jean Berthiaume, in facilitating a voting process that closely mimics the real thing.

Markowitz said “We must teach our kids the value of voting at the earliest ages. By involving youth in the election process today we can secure the future of our democracy tomorrow.”

Vermont Votes for Kids is a civics curriculum and mock election program sponsored by the Secretary of State’s Office that is being used in schools all over Vermont. At Harwood, Mr. Berthiaume and his colleagues organized side-by-side mock and real voter registrations, so that those who will be 18 by the election can really vote. All students completed a voter registration form and took Vermont’s Voters Oath. Markowitz said, “We are pleased that many teachers across the state are doing more than just offering mock ballots to students. They have built lessons around candidate research, understanding the critical campaign issues at local, state, and federal levels, as well as a study of how elections work.”

“Harwood has done a fabulous job of prepping students for this mock election”, said Markowitz. “I'm really proud that our local schools are providing students with such great opportunities for civic learning and engagement.”

For more information and to access the Vermont Votes for Kids curriculum, please visit

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: November 04, 2008 08:31:49