CLARK — Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark are participating in a mock election this week hosted by Media Specialist Kate Ryan. The school library is serving as the poll site for students who come to vote individually or with their history and social studies classes.
“Civic education is tremendously important,” says Ryan. “By participating in the mock election, students gain experience with ballots, learn about candidates, and weigh national issues that are important to them.”
Students are using the computers in the school library to vote. Votes are tallied by a website sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI).
A national research study conducted by University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato and Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe found conclusively that the instructional components of the Youth Leadership Initiative can have a positive impact on students, and Stroupe found that “students in classes where teachers used the YLI Mock Election and the related lesson plans reported a higher tendency towards future political participation.”
“Programs such as the YLI Mock election have the opportunity to excite students about our democracy. Students are empowered with a sense of ‘I can’ optimism that will lead to a lifetime of civic involvement,” added Sabato.
Results of the YLI National Mock Election will be available the morning of Friday, Nov. 2.
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