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Jackson, Miss.—More than 28,300 votes were cast by students in the Secretary of State’s 2016 Promote the Vote mock election.

The results of the mock election are as follows:
·         Republican nominee Donald Trump received about 49.2 percent of the vote (13,977 votes);
·         Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received almost 42 percent of the vote (11,918 votes);
·         Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson received about 2.7 percent of the vote (752 votes);
·         Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 1.8 percent of the vote (511 votes);
·         Constitution Party nominee Darrell Castle received about 1.3 percent of the vote (372 votes);
·         American Delta Party nominee “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente received about 1.3 percent of the vote (360 votes);
·         Prohibition Party nominee Jim Hedges received about 0.7 percent of the vote (195 votes); and
·         About 1.1 percent of the votes cast (303 votes) were write-in candidates, which do not count in the election.

Promote the Vote—the Secretary of State’s comprehensive K-12 voter education program—kicked off with the mock election, which was held October 4-27, 2016.  This year’s Promote the Vote theme, “My Voice, My Vote,” highlights the importance of voting to our democracy and how one ballot truly can make a difference in an election.

“Promote the Vote is one of my favorite election events because it involves teaching the next generation of Mississippi leaders about one of their most important future civic duties: voting for their elected leaders,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.

Students who cast their ballots represent about 103 schools across the State.  More than 292 schools, and about 95,499 students, have signed up to participate in Promote the Vote activities.

Aside from the mock election, Promote the Vote includes a variety of contests for students in Kindergarten through the 12th Grade.  Contests include visual arts, essays, editorials, and advertising categories, among others.  Entries will be accepted through December 5, 2016, and winners will be recognized in a ceremony at the Mississippi State Capitol in February 2017.

Grade-level lesson plans and downloadable activity sheets are also made available to teachers through Promote the Vote to facilitate the incorporation of information about the General Election and the voting process into the curriculum.

 

Students at West Hancock Elementary in Picayune, Mississippi, set up a voting booth. West Hancock is one of about 292 schools across the State participating in Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s 2016 Promote the Vote program.

 

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