Each year, students across Washington get to participate in a mock election to show how they would vote on candidates and measures if given the chance in real life. The Mock Election is a non-partisan, educational event that teaches kids to be informed voters. Nearly 180,000 students have voted in Washington’s annual Mock Election since 2004. Students vote on the same measures and candidates adults will decide.
Not surprisingly, the student results were very similar to those of Washington’s registered voters who participated:
As of the day after the election, voters in Washington have appeared to reject all three advisory measures that provide feedback to legislators about tax increases that were passed during the 2017 legislative sessions. Students followed suit, opting to let lawmakers know they don’t approve of the three tax increase bills either.
Similarly, students across Washington got a chance to weigh in on the Seattle mayor’s race. And their choice was no different from the voters of Seattle:
For more information about the Student Mock Election, please visit the Elections Division’s website.