Welcome To VOTES 2012
NATIONWIDE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CHOOSE OBAMA FOR 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
November 4, 2012, Mount Hermon, MA -- High school students across the country took to the polls this month and chose President Barack Obama to serve another term as President of the United States in a nationwide mock election.
More than 54,000 students from more than 130 schools across the United States -- at least two from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia -- participated in this year's VOTES Project. Barack Obama received 316 electoral votes and Republican challenger Mitt Romney received 208. Obama received 50.2% of the popular vote (27,107), and Romney earned 41.2% (22,252).More Information
VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State), a nationwide mock election project for high school students, is celebrating its 24th anniversary. The project, begun in 1988 by history teachers Jim Shea and Lorrie Byrom from Northfield Mount Hermon School, includes teen voters from one public and one independent school in each state. For teenagers, nearly all of whom will be voters in the election of 2016, the project teaches the significance and the excitement of the democratic process. This year's American election has captured the interest of people around the world and VOTES 2012 promises to be an important educational program. Explore the VOTES 2012 website to learn more about the project. Jim Shea and Lorrie Byrom welcome your questions. Contact them by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Results will be announced: Sunday, November 4, 6:30 to 9 pm, James Gym, NMH
VOTES election results from around the country will be announced by student anchors at VOTES election headquarters. The evening will feature reports and interviews done by students from election headquarters. Live on-air coverage of the evening’s events will be broadcast on the Internet and on WNMH, the campus radio station. Campaign music will be provided by the NMH Singers and the Jazz Band.
VOTES FUN FACTS!
- Over 50,000 teen votes are cast in each VOTES election
- Teen voters picked the winner in five out of the past six elections
- 35 schools have participated in all five VOTES mock elections
- VOTES has been covered in USA Today, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio
- One public and one private school from each state participate in the project each year
- Mitt Romney's high school is participating
- VOTES voter turnout has averaged 77 percent across the nation.
- VOTES students from Northfield Mount Hermon School have gone on to careers in national politics, polling, candidate advocacy and law
- Over the years, participating VOTES schools have been identified as some of the best high schools in the country and several have been listed on Newsweek's list of top schools as well as the Department of Education’s list of “blue ribbon” schools