Promote the Vote

What is Promote the Vote?

Promote the Vote is a comprehensive voter education program created to teach the fundamentals of our democracy to K-12 students and to encourage them to practice their civic responsibilities enthusiastically. The multi-disciplinary, hands-on program helps students improve their political decision-making abilities and increase their interest in current political issues. The goal is to empower a new generation of enthusiastic voters. The program is non-partisan and offers students a look at all sides of the political process. 

How does it work?

Teachers and school administrators are provided a yearly updated Promote the Vote project ideas and activities. Educators may choose those components best suited to their classroom needs and student interests.

Students are exposed to a variety of topics through fun, hands-on class activities and multi-disciplinary lesson plans covering subjects such as voting rights, political parties and candidates, responsibilities of citizens, and different levels of American government. Opportunities are provided for students to examine national issues and learn how elected officials shape public policy.

Who can participate?

The program is open to all teachers and students in grades K-12. We encourage participation by public, private, and parochial schools as well as home school associations.

What is the Mock Election?

After students have the opportunity to become informed on issues and candidate platforms, they can participate in a statewide mock election. In years past, the student vote has closely mirrored the statewide vote and presents an interesting view of the election just before the real polls open. 

how do i get started?

​After registering online to participate in Promote the Vote, teachers will receive a password in order to access the site once materials are uploaded. 

​What else is included?

Promote the Vote also includes a variety of contests to encourage students to show off their creative flair and understanding and interpretation of what they have learned through the Promote the Vote program. Entries will be due towards the end of the fall semester and winners will be announced after the first of the year. Winners are invited to a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Jackson and have the opportunity to see their creations on display for public viewing.

Does it cost anything to participate?

Promote the Vote is a free program offered to all schools and teachers in the State of Mississippi by the Secretary of State’s Office. All materials are available for download online.

​For specific questions, you can reach our staff by calling  (601)-359-6344 or by email at ptv@sos.ms.gov.

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