For Immediate Release
November 1, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
Maine's Student Mock Election Set for Thursday
More than 30,000 Students Expected to Cast Ballots Tomorrow
Hundreds to Attend Vote Tallying Events in Bangor and August with
Most Candidates for Governor, Congress and Other Offices
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that students, parents and educators will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet candidates for public office on Thursday during Vote Tallying Celebrations in Augusta and Bangor as the culmination of Maine’s Student Mock Election.
More than 30,000 students in approximately 200 schools throughout the state will take part in what is believed to be Maine’s single largest civic education project each General Election. Votes will be cast during the school day, and many students will then attend one of the Vote Tallying events.
Nearly all candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as a number of Legislative candidates will greet and address Student Mock Election participants at the Augusta Armory on Western Avenue in Augusta and in Rangeley Hall at Eastern Maine Community College on the Sylvan Road in Bangor.
These events will run from 3:00-7:00 p.m., with candidate speeches occurring every 10-15 minutes. Campaigns will have display booths offering literature and other items. Interested students will be given the opportunity to offer comments in support of a candidate or ballot measure of their choice, and to announce updated Mock Election results. Refreshments will be served.
“Maine’s Student Mock Election offers students a chance to experience our electoral process first-hand and to gain a better understanding of our democratic system. These events in Bangor and Augusta will provide an incredible opportunity for the leaders of tomorrow to meet and question those seeking office today,” Secretary of State Dunlap commented.