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October 28, 2010

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2010 Montana Student Mock Election A Success;
Thousands of Students Learn Importance of Civic Engagement

HELENA - Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) are pleased to announce that thousands of Montana students successfully participated in the 2010 Montana Student Mock Election.

Student concentrating on voting."Knowledge is power," McCulloch said. "When students learn at an early age how important it is to participate in the civic process, they are more likely to vote once they become eligible. Not only is the mock election fun, it helps secure a promising future for Montana's youngest generations."

The Montana Student Mock Election is a statewide program that provides middle school and high school students a unique opportunity to voice their opinions on public issues while gaining a better understanding of the value of voting in every election.

The 2010 mock election ballot included statewide candidate races and each of the four ballot issues appearing on the November General Election ballot. Voters were also asked to prioritize key national issues by ranking the economy, energy, health care and immigration.

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch with Darrell Rud, Executive Director for the School Administrators of Montana."We're proud to be a sponsor of the Montana Student Mock Election," said Darrell Rud, Executive Director for the School Administrators of Montana (SAM). "This program enables thousands of Montana students to further develop their knowledge and skills about becoming a good citizen by immersing them in learning about the right and responsibility of voting."

"Our democracy depends on actively engaged citizens who know and understand how government works," McCulloch said. "Thank you to the students, to the schools and to each of the sponsoring organizations for taking an active interest in securing this public knowledge."

Students using mock election laptop voting devices.Partnering organizations for the 2010 Montana Student Mock Election include the School Administrators of Montana (SAM), the Montana Office of the Secretary of State, the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and the East Helena School District.

The program was funded with a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.