Candidates may be trying to woo voters in their late teens and early 20s. But the state officials are looking at an even younger demographic.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are inviting high school and middle school students to participate in the 2012 MyVote California Student Mock Election.
The mock ballot will let students weigh in on the race for the White House, the U.S. Senate campaign and the 11 statewide ballot measures.
“These mock elections can make the upcoming election a teachable moment in California’s classrooms, and help students make the connection between the principles of democracy and their own lives,” Torlakson said in a statement.
Interested schools can sign up here. You have until Sept. 21 to get involved.
The actual vote will be conducted on Oct. 30, which is one week before Election Day.
With the California primary just two months away, election officials across the state are starting to mail out the first ballots.
The ballots that get mailed today will go to California voters who are serving in the armed forces or living abroad.
For those of us living closer to home, sample ballots will be sent out starting April 26. Official vote-by-mail ballots are distributed starting May 7.
“Whether you live across town or across the globe, if you are an eligible voter, I want to make sure you cast your ballot in the June election,” California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement.
The news release noted that nearly 103,000 special absentee ballots were sent to California military and overseas voters for the November 2008 presidential election.
Be sure to check out the California Secretary of State’s website for more information on military and overseas voting.
The California primary election is on June 5.