A mock election is an ingenious and rather simple way to school people on the democratic process. Plus, it only takes a week.
- Pick two to three presidential candidates. They can be from any historical period including today. You can also make it simple by choosing the 2008 former candidates.
- Pick issues to focus on. Examples include green issues, conflict in the Middle East, and education. Investigate each candidate's stances.
- Pick nondescript names for your candidates. People already have established opinions about famous politicians, so give candidates pseudonyms like John Lee or Tom Jones.
- Present the candidates to your classes. Use a chart stating all of the issues along with a brief biography. Make sure to exclude information that might give away the identity of these imposters.
- Have students pick.Make a tally of this 'vote'.
- Divide the party lines.Place students on a 'campaign committee' according to candidate preference. Students with no preference can be placed in the group needs more people.
- Have each campaign create a platform.Why is their candidate the best?
- Raise AwarenessHave committees make posters and commercials for the candidates. These can be positive and/or negative.
- Hold a multi-class election. Build ballot boxes from cardboard to mock confidentiality. There should be pens or pencils available for marking the ballots.
- Reveal the winner. Then, tell the students who each candidate really represented.