KIDS VOT­ING

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More school stu­dents than ever be­fore will be run­ning their own mock elec­tions this Septem­ber. More than 100,000 stu­dents from 541 schools have reg­is­tered for the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s Kids Vot­ing pro­gramme. Chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Ali­cia Wright said the high num­ber of early reg­is­tra­tions showed schools were keen to teach their stu­dents about the elec­toral process. The pro­gramme pro­vides schools with the re­sources needed for stu­dents to run amock elec­tion. Stu­dents learn about and vote for real can­di­dates and par­ties and then com­pare the re­sults with the out­come of the Gen­eral Elec­tion. Wright said it helped the stu­dents un­der­stand the process and get ready to vote when they turn 18.

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