Teacher Instructional Video

Mock Election Information

    The goal of our mock election is to prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens. It is suggested but not required that students have the opportunity to:
    • learn about the electoral process, issues, and candidates. 
    • deepen their knowledge through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 
    • experience voting.
    Please use your professional judgement to plan a voting experience that works best for your students.

    Any Pre-K through 12th grade student in Wichita Public Schools may participate.

    Below you may find resources that are designed to assist you in planning for the mock election experience. Please use your professional discretion when selecting and using any resources to ensure appropriateness for your students. 
    PBS Election Central: Comprehensive election site with lesson plans for all grade levels (downloadable in Word Format).
    Sample Ballot : Sample ballot of what will be used in the State of Kansas, great for students to see and understand a ballot.
    Teaching the Election Your Classroom:  This site has 17 simple learning activities/assignments for you to explore and select from. 
    Time for Kids: Great site to find a large variety of resources, printables, and other links to help you teach about the election. 
    Student Daily News Resources: Includes activities, party platforms, and links to candidate websites.
    Gilder Lehrman:  Teacher resources including multiple citizenship tests.
    Glenn Wiebe Collection of Links - Collection of resource links to browse through for information and planning.
    For easy navigation students may visit usd259.org/vote16  and click on the "Links for Students" webpage.

    You can decide about the type of mock election you want to run in your classroom/school. No matter what set up you select please ensure that all students have a secure and equal opportunity to vote. Voting should be monitored to guarantee one vote per student.
    Possible scenarios:
    • A single computer where students cast their vote one at a time.
    • A small number of computers where students rotate through to cast their votes.
    • Each student is issued a computer/device to cast a vote. 
    • An election voting center that mirrors a local voting site where classes can schedule a time to visit and vote.
    *It is highly recommended that secondary schools run the election through Social Studies classes. This will help to ensure  students voting only once.

    All voting will take place by visiting usd259.org/vote16 and selecting the appropriate grade level.

    Results are broken down by:
    • Elementary, Middle, and High School Level
    • Grade levels
    • Individual schools 
    Results can be viewed by visiting usd259.org/vote16.