• Tennessee student mock election involves more than 50,000 students statewide

    By Matt Masters -

    NASHVILLE – For the second time, the Tennessee secretary of state’s office sponsored the student mock election, and the results are in.

    Students from all three grand divisions of the state cast their votes in the statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate. The votes reflect the candidates that students would have elected as the next governor and U.S. senator of Tennessee if they were old enough to vote in the actual election. More than 56,000 students from across the state participated in the 2018 student mock election.

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett, along with state Sen. Brian Kelsey, and Rep. Mark White, participated in the announcement of the winners in the statewide student mock election at an event Wednesday at Germantown Middle School in Shelby County.

    In the race for governor, Bill Lee received 36,458 or 65 percent of the votes. Karl Dean received 20,012 or 35 percent of the votes.

    In the race for U.S. Senate, Marsha Blackburn received 31,507 or 57 percent of the votes. Phil Bredesen received 23,819 or 43 percent of the votes.

    “The student mock election is a fun and engaging exercise for students to participate in the election process,” said Hargett. “This is part of a larger effort to encourage civic involvement by students so it will be a natural progression for them to be involved when they become adults. I am very pleased with the participation from across the state and appreciate the teachers who worked hard to make this possible in the schools.”

    The mock election was open to students in preschool through high school in public and private schools, as well as home school associations. Mock ballots allowed students to choose between candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties for the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Schools were also provided with “I Voted” stickers for students who cast a vote in their mock election.

    Students may also enter an essay contest that encourages them to think about topics that are significant as an actively engaged citizen. Essay topics are focused on leadership but vary by grade. Schools may submit two essays per grade category. Winner of the essay contest receive a TNStars 529 College Saving Program scholarship worth $100, $250 or $500 in addition to a trip to the state capitol. The deadline for essay submissions is Nov. 16.

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