Students to participate in mock election

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Eighth-grade students at Tell City Junior High will conduct a mock election Tuesday.

Students will use an online voting system as they participate in a mock election program sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative, a national civic education program based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. With millions of students expected to vote nationwide during the voting period, the mock election is the largest secure, online mock election in the nation.

A national research study conducted by University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato and Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe found that the instructional components of the Youth Leadership Initiative can have a positive impact on students, and Stroupe found that "students in classes where teachers used the YLI Mock Election and the related lesson plans reported a higher tendency toward future political participation."

In 2008, youth voter registration totals are reaching high-water marks in dozens of states across the country compared with recent election cycles. Results will be available Friday at www.youthleadership.net.