Moore encourages youth to participate in mock election
National voting begins October 25th
October 5, 2012 ... In the wake of the first presidential debate, Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, is encouraging students to make their voices heard during the 2012 election season by partaking in My Voice(tm) National Student Mock Election. The national program gives students across the country the opportunity to cast their votes for candidates in both the federal and state elections, and to talk about the issues they care about this fall and beyond.
"Part of being an American citizen requires a basic understanding of the rights and responsibilities endowed to us, voting being one of them," said Sen. Moore. "I encourage all students to partake in the National Student Mock Election because it will help our future voters become more familiar with the issues facing our nation, and recognize the important role of voting in confronting them."
The National Student Mock Election will take place entirely online, as will student polling on national topics, social issues, education, and local communities. Students, teachers, and parents may register their school to take part at www.nationalmockelection.org. Voting begins on October 25th, and culminates on the National Mock Election day, November 1st, in advance of the nation's election.
Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Moore has sought to promote civics in the Commonwealth. Moore currently serves as the Chairman of the Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, a panel charged with identifying and recommending methods to improve civic engagement and enhance educational opportunities throughout Massachusetts.
The Senator was also among those to help launch the National Conference of State Legislatures' America's Legislators Back to School program over one decade ago, which supports efforts by state legislators to visit schools to explain the important role of state legislatures. A recent evaluation of the program found that visits by lawmakers made a positive impact on students and enhanced their understanding of civic education.
The My Voice National Student Mock Election program is a digital initiative of the Pearson Foundation that builds on the 30-year history of the National Student/Parent Mock Election and My Voice, two mock election programs in which more than 50 million young voter have participating while learning about the importance of using their own voice to share their perspectives on important issues.
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