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Mock Elections

Mock Elections in schools

Over one million young people have been given their first taste of elections since the launch of in 2003

Building on the Hansard Society’s 50 year experience of running mock elections, provides all of the ballot papers, campaign guidance, rosette templates and other material schools need to organise an exciting election event.

Students get into the campaigning spirit by canvassing support, running as candidates, creating manifestos, delivering speeches and designing campaign posters as well as casting their first votes on the day.  Mock elections give students a first hand insight into how voting and the democratic process work.  Teachers can either print off a comprehensive resource pack containing a step-by-step guide to running the elections or follow instructions online.

Our new website also has sections aimed at students where they can find out about voting, gain advice on campaigning, complete quizzes, take part in polls and access video footage about voting and the work of MPs.

Y Vote Mock Elections are an active citizenship exercise and a great way to teach young people about government and representative democracy. It equips them with valuable skills that will enable them to participate fully in future elections.

Teachers should register on the mock elections website – – to take part. Around election time they will then receive extra election resources and support.

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Mock Elections on Newsround, 1992

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