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SUMMARY STATEMENT:  During presidential and mid-term election years, students in all grades have the opportunity to participate in mock elections.  Students don’t have to be enrolled in any particular class.   Participation is optional.  Grade level social studies teachers serve as the key contacts for this activity.



The NC’s Essential Standards for Social Studies establishes the need to develop civic literacy.  As a civic education activity, the NBMS Mock Vote gets students involved and ready to be educated, engaged citizens.  Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, family dialogue and an authentic voting experience.


Curricular Links:

While civic literacy is important in all grade levels, the NBMS Mock Vote is most directly linked to the 8th grade NC Essential Standards. 

  • 8.C&G.2-  Understand the role that citizen participation plays in societal change.
  • 8.C&G.2.1- Evaluate the effectiveness of various approaches used to effect change in North Carolina and the United States (e.g. picketing, boycotts, sit-ins, voting, marches, holding elected office and lobbying).
  • 8.C&G.2.1- Analyze issues pursued through active citizen campaigns for change (e.g. voting rights and access to education, housing and employment).



Students registered to vote in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Through high-quality instructional materials, participants are provided with valuable civic learning tools to be used throughout the year, every year.  In addition to classroom activities about voting and elections, students also explore the right to vote and active citizenship.


Mock Election Dates:

  • November 4, 2014 (Senate and House)
  • November 8, 2016 (Governor and President)


2012 Summary:

During the last week of October, 2012, students registered to vote for the mock election during lunch.   On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as parents voted in the real election for President Obama or Governor Romney, NBMS students voted during social studies classes.   The following were the results of the 2012 Mock Election:

Gubernatorial Results:

  • Mr. McCrory (51.6%) defeated Mr. Dalton (48.4%)


Presidential Results:

  • Gov. Romney (52.2%) defeated Pres. Obama (47.8%) in the popular vote.
  • Gov. Romney also won the Electoral College vote with 299 votes as compared to President Obama’s 232 votes.


NBMS Student Registration by Party:

  • Democrat- 31.8%
  • Republican- 43.6%
  • Independent- 12.9%
  • Other Party- 0.8%
  • No Party- 11.0%


Next Mock Election- 2014:

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia),[1] four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.   The NBMS Mock election will focus on Senate and House races.

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