What is Promote the Vote?
Promote the Vote is Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s comprehensive K-12 voter education program. This year’s program asks students to contemplate how they may “Make a Difference in Mississippi” by voting and otherwise getting involved in their communities. For the first time in PTV’s decades-long history, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) Education arm is partnering with the Agency to encourage school, teacher, and student participation.
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.
how do i get started?
Sign up on the registration page (link below) to access online materials including a teacher guide with suggested ideas on how run a mock election in the classroom, elected officials worksheets, congressional district maps, and contest entry forms. An email will be sent out to the email address registered under containing a password in order to access the site once materials are uploaded.
What is included in this year's program?
PTV includes a statewide mock election for both U.S. Senate seats and the U.S. House seat relevant to each district will be conducted during the month of October.
- Ballots will be available online beginning October 1
- Voting will close October 26
- During the month of the mock election, teachers will have a contest of their own by posting two photos of their mock precinct to social media and tagging MPB for “Best Mock Election Precinct”
This year’s PTV program will also include student art and essay contests, with submissions due in December, judging in January, and an awards ceremony at the State Capitol in February 2019. Top winners of the art and essay contests from specific grade-brackets and winning schools will receive awards from local banks.
- Art (K-12th Grade): “Colors of My Community”—entrants are asked to pretend they are an artist who has been commissioned to draw a mural on a building in their community depicting their community
- Essay (6th-12th Grade): “We Have Business to do!”—entrants are asked to research an industry in their community using the Secretary of State’s Y’all Business website (www.yallbusiness.sos.ms.gov) or other resources, and discuss how the business can connect with schools
Entries for both contests are due December 7, 2018. Winners will be invited to the Capitol in February 2019 for an awards ceremony.
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 State. All materials will be available for download online.
For specific questions, you can reach our staff by calling (601)359-6344 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.