Submitted by The Thurston County Auditor’s Office

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office encourages students in grades K-12 to vote in the mock General Election, taking place from 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 31 – 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 4.

“The mock election is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about elections and how to cast a vote, but there’s more to it than that,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “This is a child’s chance to speak to Washington voters to let us know what they think. What kids value matters.”

The K-5 mock election ballot includes Initiative 1433 concerning labor standards, and the presidential, United States senatorial, and gubernatorial races.

Students in grades 6-12 can vote on Initiative 1433, Initiative 1491 concerning access to firearms, Initiative 735 concerning a federal constitutional amendment, and the presidential, United States senatorial, and gubernatorial races.

About 10 percent of Washington’s student voters in the November 2015 General Election were from Thurston County.

The mock General Election is operated by the Washington Secretary of State’s Office. Students may cast their vote online.

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