The Chicago Public Schools launched one of the largest mock presidential elections in the United States this year. The Chicago Board of Elections distributed “mock election ballots,” similar to the 2008 general election ballots, to students at 125 CPS high schools.
More than 33,000 students cast their vote in the mock election and, simultaneously, eligible 18 year-old students were registered to vote in the November 4th election. A total of 1,000 eligible students, including more than 100 students with disabilities, were able to register to vote in this year’s election.
In addition, more than 2,000 CPS students were trained as election judges and contributed to this year’s presidential election. By casting ballots and serving as election organizers, election monitors, and ballot counters, students have learned about the democratic process.
The Illinois League of Woman Voters, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, and volunteers from Loyola and DePaul Universities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Democracy for America helped facilitate the voting and tabulation of the ballots.
Each high school reported back to the Illinois League of Woman Voters. View the results and learn more about the mock election program.