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Mississippi students vote in mock election

Mississippi students in two Coahoma County high schools cast their ballots this week for candidates in both U.S. Senate races and the Second Congressional District race in the Secretary of State’s Promote the Vote, PTV, mock election.

Coahoma Early College High School and Clarksdale High School used realistic ballots and voted on TSX voting machines, which are the machines registered voters in Coahoma County will use in the upcoming November 6th election.

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Students who will turn 18 on or before November 6th also registered to vote. The statewide PTV mock election began on October 1 and ends October 26.  Results will be available in November and so far, Secretary of State Hosemann says the kids have correctly picked the winning candidate in all the mock elections.

“More than 200 students participated in this mock election, which our staff facilitated on site,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “We’re hopeful this will be the beginning of a life-long habit of voting for these bright young men and women.  Voting, more than any other form of civic engagement, gives each and every Mississippian a voice.”

PTV is the Secretary of State’s comprehensive K-12 voter education program and was launched in August with a new theme and implementation materials for teachers.  This year’s program asks students to contemplate how they may “Make a Difference in Mississippi” by voting and getting involved in their communities.

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