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Grimes Announces Record Participation in Student Mock Election Program

Thursday, 11 15, 2012

Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov

Students across the Commonwealth set a new record for participation in the Kentucky Student Mock Election program sponsored by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Approximately 160,000 Kentucky students from hundreds of schools cast votes for President and U.S. Representative.

“I am thrilled that so many young Kentuckians were able to experience firsthand how our democracy works,” said Grimes. “This program is a great way to prepare students to be active citizens when they reach voting age.”

Secretary Grimes conducted the mock election with several student groups using iPads. “This was the first year students could vote using computers or tablets,” said Grimes. “This new technology is a great way for students of all ages to engage in the process and receive confirmation when their votes have been successfully cast.”

Unofficial results indicate that in six of the seven races on the Mock Election ballots, students selected the same candidate as eligible Kentucky voters who participated in the November 6th General Election:

President and Vice President of the United States: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan (Republican) – 50.6%
Barack Obama/Joe Biden (Democrat) – 49.4%

U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District: Ed Whitfield (Republican) – 58.8%
Charles Hatchett (Democrat) – 41.2%

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District: S. Brett Guthrie (Republican) – 47.1%
David Williams (Democrat) – 39.7%
Craig Astor (Libertarian) – 13.3%

U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District: John Yarmuth (Democrat) – 63.5%
Brooks Wicker (Republican) – 22.2%
Robert Devore Jr. (Independent) – 14.3%

U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District: Thomas Massie (Republican) – 57.1%
William Adkins (Democrat) – 42.9%

U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District: Harold “Hal” Rogers (Republican) – 73.4%
Ken Stepp (Democrat) – 26.6%

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District:  Ben Chandler III (Democrat) – 45.0%
Andy Barr (Republican) – 43.5%
Randolph Vance – 11.4%

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