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Mock Election Program Recipients

2010 Help America Vote Mock Election Program Recipients
  1. The Office of the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Franklin, KY
  2. Polk County Auditor’s Office; Des Moines, IA
  3. The Office of the Washington Secretary of State; Olympia, WA
  4. The State of Montana Secretary of State; Helena, MT
  5. The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund; Salem, OR
  6. The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; Providence, RI
  7. Michigan Government Television; Lansing, MI
  8. Seminole County Supervisor of Elections; Sanford, FL

1. The Office of the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Franklin, KY
Contact: Patrick Keal
Patrick.Keal@ky.gov / 502-564-3490
Program Name: Maximizing Mock Election Education through Social Media
Recommended Funding Level: $44,553
Project Description: A recipient of the EAC Mock Election grant in 2008, the Kentucky Office of the Secretary will partner with NewCities Institute (NCI) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to expand on their earlier achievements by targeting 30,940 new students in underrepresented counties across the state. The program will bring county-specific voting equipment into high schools, develop supplemental voting education curriculum and recruit students in 34 of the 56 underrepresented counties to participate in mock elections. Students will be encouraged to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter in the days leading up to the mock election to promote participation among classmates. A 10 to 15 minute video about mock elections and the ease of voting will be available on YouTube. After the mock election, students will blog about their experiences on the Office of the of Secretary of State’s website.

2. Polk County Auditor’s Office; Des Moines, IA
Contact: Carl Wiederaenders, 1st Deputy
Carl.Wiederaenders@polkcountyiowa.gov / 515-286-3995
Program Name: Polk County Auditor’s Office High School Mock Election
Recommended Funding Level: $49,293
Project Description: Polk County Auditor’s Office will target five high schools in the urban Des Moines Public School System in 2010 and expand to recruit the remaining 11 schools in Polk County in 2011. The program will incorporate social media such as Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and e-mail and text communications to educate and update students on the election process. Students will be trained online through the innovative use of video-game simulations developed by HAVA Partners. The game will include steps such as establishing eligibility, curbside voting for the disabled, assisting voters with special needs, casting provisional ballots and operating the voting equipment. Selected student groups will run the election—inviting and arranging for candidates or their representatives to be guest speakers at their school; developing a list of relevant issues for the student body to vote on during the mock election; and recruiting other students to register to vote. Students will complete pre- and post-surveys to determine student knowledge levels before and after the mock election.

3. The Office of the Washington Secretary of State; Olympia, WA
Contact: Lindsay Pryor, Voter Education and Outreach Coordinator
lpryor@secstate.wa.gov / 360-902-4143
Program Name: Washington State Mock Election (WSME)
Recommended Funding Level: $40,000
Project Description: The Office of the Washington Secretary of State (OSOS) has conducted an online Washington State Mock Election (WSME) since 2004. The 2010 program will target 100 schools, providing students with opportunities to participate in online voting, election-related classroom activities and two television episodes co-sponsored by TVW, Washington’s public affairs TV network. TVW will produce a 10-minute episode of their Emmy-nominated civic education series, Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens that focuses on the Washington State Mock Election, featuring teachers and students discussing such issues as why it’s important to reach potential voters at an early age. In addition, TVW will broadcast a live student-led issues forum that will examine current election issues and provide student audience members the opportunity to ask panelists questions. The OSOS will enhance existing curriculum to meet statewide civics education requirements so that lesson plans and activities focus on the Vote by Mail election system used in Washington.

4. The State of Montana Secretary of State; Helena, MT
Contact: Lisa Kimmet, Montana Elections Deputy
lkimmet@mt.gov / 406-444-5376
Program Name: 2010 Montana Mock Election
Recommended Funding Level: $30,000
Project Description: A recipient of the EAC Mock Election grant in 2008, the Montana Secretary of State will partner with the School Administrators of Montana and the Office of Public Instruction to target over 170 high schools and add new programs to Montana’s seven American Indian Reservations. Montana’s American Indian population constitutes over 50 percent of student enrollment in over 60 schools. Therefore, particular emphasis will be directed toward developing the mock election program in schools on Indian Reservations. The program will implement a flexible five-lesson election curriculum designed to be easily adaptable to each school’s needs. The program will develop lesson resources and guides and make them available in several multimedia formats. The 2010 program will also develop informative videos demonstrating Montana’s current voting systems and incorporate, when and where available, actual voting systems for casting ballots, optical scan tabulators and voter accessibility terminals. Local election officials will conduct classroom visits and election office tours for local schools.

5. The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund; Salem, OR
Contact: Rebecca Smith, Executive Administrator
lwvor@lwvor.org / 503-581-5722
Program Name: Oregon Student Mock Election 2010
Recommended Funding Level: $41,413
Project Description: A recipient of the EAC Mock Election grant in 2008, the League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund (LWVOREF) has coordinated the Oregon Student Mock Election (OSME) since 2002. The LWVOREF will partner with the Governor’s office, the Secretary of State, the Oregon School Board Association, the Oregon Association of Student Councils, and the Oregon Department of Education to reach about 80,000 students and 350 schools. The 2010 program will enhance the OSME curriculum by updating and distributing materials in various formats that meet the needs of students with differing levels of ability; expand the use of the Internet and social media to provide voting education accessible to all of Oregon, both urban and rural; work closely with the Secretary of State to create simulated election materials that replicate Oregon’s ballots and provide instructions to mimic Oregon’s Vote-by-Mail system; develop new lesson plans that incorporate presentations and videos; facilitate an on-going blog and tweets between students on election issues; design a new online game that encourages students to research election information; and host events to encourage student participation and leadership development.

6. The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; Providence, RI
Contact: A. Ralph Mollis, Secretary of State
aralphmollis@sos.ri.gov / 401-222-2357
Program Name: Voter Awareness & Student Education Program
Recommended Funding Level: $37,300
Project Description: The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations will partner with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Roger Williams University (RWU) and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a statewide voter education project. Students will create a referenda ballot that will be printed and programmed into actual voting machines; establish voting procedures through classroom discussions and assemblies; identify polling sites; and distribute informational materials to high schools around the state. The program will target high school students in inner-city urban districts, their families, and the sizeable immigrant population in Rhode Island. The state hopes to have at least fifty percent of its approximately 46,000 high school students participate. Online instructional tools will be produced for classroom use and formal training will be provided for high school student volunteers as well as RWU students to learn how to set up and administer polling places. Voting machine data will be collected and transmitted electronically by the districts and then sent to the Secretary of State to be announced in a press conference.

7. Michigan Government Television; Lansing, MI
Contact: Michelle Webb, Operations Manager
michellew@mgtv.org / 517-373-4250
Program Name: 2010 MGTV Michigan Mock Election Project
Recommended Funding Level: $42,000
Project Description: Michigan Government Television will partner with Leland Public Schools to recruit 100,000 students from the 838 public school districts in the state as well as private and charter school academies in Michigan, to participate in pre-election activities leading up to the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME). Students in both urban and rural areas will participate through videoconference, phone, email, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Ten schools will be selected to participate in a live interview program on MGTV where students can question candidates for Governor, Attorney General, State Supreme Court, Senator and Secretary of State either in person, via phone, email, or videoconference. Election curriculum will be posted on the MGTV website and social networking devices will be used to gather and share ideas. Participation rates will be tracked by the number of votes tallied at the end of the NSPME and then cross-referenced with the data collected from the 2006 and 2008 elections. A brief online survey using "Survey Monkey" will also be conducted.

8. Seminole County Supervisor of Elections; Sanford, FL
Contact: Helen Ehrgott, Manager of Voter Outreach
ehrgott@voteseminole.org / 407-708-7707
Program Name: Seminole Students Vote
Recommended Funding Level: $15,441
Project Description: The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office will partner with Crooms Academy of Information Technology to target all 600 students to participate in a pilot program that will mirror the General Election. This school was selected because of its minority population and low voter turn-out. Students will participate in election-related debates involving candidates, voters, and community leaders from the precincts surrounding the school; use actual election equipment; vote on a ballot that mirrors the upcoming Election Day ballot; and take pre- and post-exams to test their knowledge and awareness of the election process. Selected students will also train and work as poll workers for not only the mock election, but for the actual General Election as well. Election curriculum will be developed and brought into history, government, and English classes. Social media tools such as Facebook, the school’s website, and student-run media as well as student designed print media will be used to promote the event. The pilot program will be expanded to other high schools and communities within Seminole County so that at least one school will be added each election for the next six years.



2009 Help America Vote Mock Election Program Recipients
  1. County of Miami Dade, Florida
  2. Chiesman Center for Democracy
  3. Instituto de Formación Democrática
  4. Kids Voting North Carolina
  5. League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
  6. League of Women Voters of Illinois
  7. State of Nevada Secretary of State

1. County of Miami Dade, Florida
Contact: Tara Smith, Chief Deputy
tasmith@miamidad.gov / 305-499-8509
Program Name: Miami Dade County Elections Department High School Mock Election Program
Funding Level: $55,000
Project Description:  The Elections Department will run a mock election program to introduce high school students to the new optical scan voting equipment used in the county.  The program will take place in every area public high school with 1,000 or more students enrolled.  The mock elections will be conducted as if the school were an actual precinct, with students serving as mock poll workers.  Forty schools have been selected for the program.  Informational brochures will be provided to 100,000 students and instructional videos will be posted on the department’s YouTube, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

2. Chiesman Center for Democracy
Contact: John Usera President/CEO
jusera@chiesman.org / 605-341-4311
Program Name:  Teens Electing to Impact Change
Funding Level:  $48,000
Project Description:  The Chiesman Foundation for Democracy (CFFD) will implement a comprehensive mock election project for students and teachers in South Dakota that especially targets school districts on South Dakota’s Indian Reservations and other underserved minority populations. The program will enhance the role of the students as conduits for democratic participation. Activities supported by this grant will enhance the Kids Voting South Dakota (KVSD), a year-round civic education program that is also operated by the Chiesman Center. It will increase the percentage of students participating in mock elections by 20 percent and add new programs to six of the nine Indian reservations in the state.
3. Instituto de Formación Democrática
Contact: Ramón Barquin III President
barquinramon@onelinkpr.net / 787-273-6724
Program Name: Instituto de Formación Democrática Initiatives (Mock Election)
Funding Level: $33,000
Project Description:  The IFD will expand its Website, mockelectionspr.com, to feature a mobile version for cell phones and iPods, develop a bi-weekly polling/opinion feature titled "Informed Democracy 101," implement the Mock Elections Campaign Workshop in schools located in central rural regions of Puerto Rico, as well as add support to the Youth Citizen Journalism Network.  The IFD hopes to directly reach 125,000 to 180,000 students by October 2010.

4. Kids Voting North Carolina
Contact: Daintry O'Brien, Executive Director
kvnc@bellsouth.net / 336-370-1776
Program Name: Voice Your Choice
Funding Level: $41,000
Project Description: This project pairs civic education with hands-on activities culminating in a realistic voting experience. The program will start in eight urban communities in 2009 and expand to 15 suburban and rural communities in 2010.  The program will increase student participation in "Kids Voting" by 25 percent statewide, and quadruple the number of civic education opportunities from the present five counties per year to 25 counties by 2010. An estimated 159,000 students will participate in 2009 and 217,000 in 2010.

5. League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
Contact: Heather Harr Director
Program Name: Allegheny County-wide Mock Elections
studentvoices@earthlink.net / 412-421-0661
Funding Level: $40,000
Project Description:  The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh will partner with a high school civic education program called Greater Pittsburgh Student Voices, to create a county-wide mock election program, unifying the 43 public school districts in Allegheny County (which comprises the greater Pittsburgh area with a population of 1.2 million people). The varied components of the program include an Internet-based non-partisan "SmartVoter" program to research candidates, a science and engineering contest to develop mock election software approximating the real Allegheny County electronic voting experience, training high school students to be mock poll workers and demonstrating and using electronic voting machines, and holding debates in high schools. Seventy-five percent of the regions 51,000 high school students will participate in the program (including the 61 percent minority population of Pittsburgh.)

6. League of Women Voters of Illinois
Contact:  Judith Upton Business Manager
jupton@lwvil.org 312-939-5935
Program Name: 2009 Help America Vote Act Mock Election
Funding level: $38,000
Project Description:  The League of Women Voters of Illinois will hold mock elections in 104 high schools with a population totaling 180,000 students across 10 counties. Through a partnership with teachers and election boards and a network of volunteers, students will experience real voting machines and real ballots to replicate actual Election Day conditions. The target student population is ethnically, culturally and economically diverse and is based throughout the state.  Students will be prepared for the mock election through classroom and community activities and the use of social media.

7. State of Nevada Secretary of State
Contact: Kimberly Carruba,HAVA Program Officer
kcarruba@sos.nv.gov / 775-684-7126
Program Name: Nevada Help America Vote Act Mock Election Program
Funding Level: $45,000
Project Description: The Secretary of State, Nevada Dept. of Education, and 16 county school districts will partner to create Nevada Voting Day as a cross-curricular, interactive event.  They will build on a program that has already significantly increased student participation in mock elections (from 1,000 in 2004 to 23,800 in 2008).  Their goal is to raise that number 25% more by targeting schools with high at-risk, underrepresented populations.  A diverse set of hands-on activities will involve students in election planning, processes, and oversight.


2008 Help America Vote Mock Election Program Recipients
  1. League of Women Voters of Trumbull County, Ohio
  2. Oregon League of Women Voters
  3. Illinois League of Women Voters
  4. State of Montana, SOS
  5. National Student/Parent Mock Election
  6. State of Texas, SOS
  7. Townsend Harris High School with Taft Inst of Govt, New York
  8. Bernalillo County Clerk, New Mexico
  9. State of Kentucky, SOS
  10. United States Hispanic Leadership Institute


1. The League of Women Voters of Trumbull County
Funding Level: $15,835
The aim of the program is secondary education students in two school districts. The targeted area has higher than average unemployment and is in an economically disadvantaged area (i.e. 29.1% of Newton Falls students and 19.6% of Lordstown students are economically disadvantage according to the Ohio Dept. of Ed.). Voting systems used in the mock vote are identical to the actual voting systems used by the respective Ohio counties. Technicians will program the election and Trumbull County Board of Elections will train the students as poll workers, and how to set-up, operate, and end an election. Students will participate in both the public aspect of an election and the behind-the-scenes administrative process that few citizens actually witness. This grant will enable the League of Women Voters to enhance the educational experience of over 1,200 students in two school districts. . Currently, the school districts hold yearly mock elections with their students and this grant will make the annual project more "real" by introducing actual voting machines to the project. 

Contact Information:
Terri Crabbs, President
League of Women Voters of Trumbull County
P.O. Box 161
Fowler, Ohio 44418
Fax: not supplied
Email: tcrabbs@aol.com

2. The Oregon League of Women Voters
Funding Level: $16,477
The League of Women Voters of Oregon Educational Fund has coordinated this program since 2002. Materials are aligned with state curriculum and are designed to meet needs of all students including second language, visual and other impairments and addressing varied learning styles. Cooperative efforts are described in the application between the applicant and the Oregon Secretary of State Election Division, Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, Oregon School Boards Association, National and Oregon Parent/Teacher Association, local chapters of the LOWV, and Oregon Department of Education evidence extraordinary regional support. The program plans to reach 250 schools, including more than 45,000 students, to participate, in both rural and urban Oregon. Applicant designed the Mock Election to closely mimic the State of Oregon Vote-by-Mail ballot. 

Contact Information:
Rebecca Smith, Executive Director
Oregon League of Women Voters Education Fund
1330 12th Street, SE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97302
Fax: 503-581-9403
Email: lwvor@lvvor.org

3. The Illinois League of Women Voters
Funding Level: $21,307
The applicant is targeting diverse groups as well as mainstream schools and has commitments from the State, County, and dozens of High Schools throughout the region. The grant request proposes to hold mock student elections in 165 high schools with an approximate student population of 200,000. This project includes all 116 high schools in the Chicago public school system as well as at least 50 high schools in several counties. The League has successfully negotiated with the Chicago Board of Elections to provide actual Federal-only optical scan ballots and election judge manuals for the mock elections in the Chicago public high schools. In addition, the Chicago Board of Elections will provide electronic voting machines in three Chicago Public high schools serving large populations of disabled students in order for them to have the opportunity to use these machines as they would (if they so chose) in the November election. 

Contact Information:
Janet Czarnik, Executive Director
League of Women Voters Illinois Education Fund
332 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60604
Fax: 312-939-6887
Email: jczarnik@lwvil.org

4. The State of Montana Secretary of State
Funding Level: $20,109
The Montana Mock Election reaches out to all secondary students in the state of Montana as well as targeting the American Indian population. The project will canvass over 170 secondary high schools and reach nearly 50,000 high school students. Students will have the opportunity to vote using actual voter assistance terminals and optical scan precinct counters at the schools. Election results will be posted in real-time and receive live statewide media coverage. 

Contact Information:
Lisa Kimmet, Elections Deputy
Loyola University of Chicago
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620
Fax: 406-444-2023
Email: lkimmet@mt.gov

5. The National Student Parent Mock Election
Funding Level: $24,366
The agency is an established organization with considerable experience in coordinating mock election programs around the country. Considerable support is shown for the project including outside financial support. The materials created by NSPME are excellent, the broad range of targeted jurisdictions is great, and the project is well-staffed and organized. They have asked Google to help them develop a virtual voting machine experience and a virtual election system experience through a separate grant. Project for 2008 has established new outreach initiatives with special emphasis on reaching underrepresented populations and geographic areas. 

Contact Information:
Gloria Kirshner, President/Program Director
National Student/Parent Mock Election
225 W. Oro Valley Drive
Tucson, AZ 85737
Fax: 520-742-3553
Email: nspme@aol.com

6. The State of Texas Secretary of State
Funding Level: $20,104
The State of Texas provides a thorough and detailed account of plans to host mock elections that mirror actual elections. An existing mock elections program will be supplemented and enhanced using grant funds. The statistics for the current student mock elections program have a solid record of increasing involvement that signifies an audience that will be willing to participate and that may expand with/as a result of this program. This program will also be offered across a large geographic area and comprehensive population of students since all 1,629 secondary schools in Texas will be given the opportunity to participate. The goal is to have 75% participation among all 1,629 Texas High Schools. The program will include a voting simulation that will offer students the opportunity to participate in an interactive demonstration of casting a ballot. 

Contact Information:
Dan Glotzer, HAVA Grant Manager
State of Texas, Elections Division
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, TX 78711
Fax: 512-475-2811
Email: dglotzer@sos.state.tx.us

7. The Townsend Harris High School and the Taft Institute for Government
Funding Level: $21,441
During the last twelve years, it is estimated that 27,000 students have played the election simulation game that Townsend Harris High School, in collaboration with the Taft Institute for Government has developed. It is expected that through this year’s program, approximately 2,450 students will participate. 

Contact Information:
Susan Getting, Assistant Principal
Townsend Harris High School
149-11 Melbourne Avenue
Flushing, NY 11367
Fax: 718-575-1366
Email: sgettin@schools.nyc.gov

8. The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office
Funding Level: $20,091
Bernalillo County has more than 620,000 residents in 424 precincts and serves large minority populations consisting of Hispanic/Latin American and Native American/Alaska Native citizens. The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office has titled their program, "Go Vote!," and they will target senior level students enrolled in 4 high schools serving largely minority precincts. Their mock election will feature real candidates and ballot issues that will mirror the real ballot and the election process that voters will experience in November. The goal of the program is to have 90% or better of the targeted high school students participate in the mock election program. 

Contact Information:
Robert Adams, Deputy County Clerk
Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office
One Civic Plaza NW, 6th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102 
Fax: 505-768-4190
Email: clerk@bernco.gov

9. The Office of the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Funding Level: $20,072
The mock election programs target all 453,834 middle and high school students from every geographic region throughout the state. Particular emphasis is placed on the state’s 203,002 high school students, ages 14-18, whose participation in future elections is most imminent. As part of the program, the Office of the Secretary of State is working closely with the County Clerks Association to provide participating teachers with access to the new voting machines, most notable, the E-slate, for demonstration purposes. 

Contact Information:
Michelle Woods, Special Assistant to the Secretary
Office of the Secretary of State
Commonwealth of Kentucky
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 152
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax: 502-564-5687
Email: michelle.woods@ky.gov

10. The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Funding Level: $20,198
USHLI proposes a civic education/mock election program for Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. They plan to implement the program in 39 inner-city and suburban school districts, serving 25,000 - 40,000 students in grades 9-12. The Cook County Clerk’s office has consistently provided voting booths and when necessary, provided sample ballots. Chicago electronic and print media are invited to cover some of the activities of the mock election program, and television coverage of some of these activities helps generate public interest in the election, particularly in the Latino and African American communities. 

Contact Information:
Juan Andrade, Executive Director
United Hispanic Leadership Institute
431 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1203
Chicago, IL 60605
Fax: 312-427-5183
Email: docandrade@ushli.org