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Mock Election

See Why Our Mock Election is #1

Each year, YLI conducts the largest secure, student-only, online mock election in the nation, using electronic ballots tailored to each student’s home legislative district. Read below about our 2021 Mock Election. Teachers, if you haven't already, Sign Up with YLI for your students to participate!

“I am truly excited about this and will try to make it a school-wide election. The lesson plans look fantastic. What an excellent simulation idea!”

—Drew Shilhanek, Teacher
Quest Academy
Palatine, IL
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Getting in the Game using the YLI Mock Election!

  • YLI hosts the 2023 National Mock Election October 20-November 3, 2023.
  • The ballot this year includes gubernatorial races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi and questions from YLI's Talking Turkey lesson plan series for everyone!
  • Lesson plans supporting the National Mock Election are available on YLI's lesson plan webpage including those comparing the gubernatorial candidates within each state.
  • FREE online teacher resources include downloadable posters, decorations and stickers to generate election excitement in your school.
  • Flexible voting period. Voting can occur anytime during the stated period.
  • Teachers may choose online or paper ballot voting.
  • Results are available beginning October 24.

Get in the Game all year long with YLI’s My Mock Election option!

  • Counting ballots is history! Run your class elections using My Mock Election.
  • Create election experiences for students in semester courses.
  • Use My Mock Election to vote on races or referenda on any subject at any time.

The YLI Mock Election is an academic exercise. It is not a scientific survey and is not designed to predict the outcome of actual elections. The views expressed are those of participating students, not those of the Youth Leadership Initiative or the UVA Center for Politics.