Mock elections help students understand the process of electing officials and the power of the vote.

Students at Wilson Elementary School place their votes during the district’s mock elections.

Three departments — elementary social studies, library services, and instructional technology — collaborated to give prekindergarten through fifth-grade students lessons about civics, voting, and elections, which culminated in students taking part in mock elections held on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019).

Tracey Collins (far left), the information literacy specialist at Wilson Elementary School, poses with Lockett (center), and Cindy Buchanan, program director of library media services.

Key Lessons

  • The importance of voting
  • Citizenship and civic duty
  • The election process

The students cast their “mock” votes for the next Mayor of Houston. Before casting their votes, students learned about each candidate and their campaign platform.

Educators provided credible age-appropriate instructional resources about all 12 candidates. Students read and discussed information to make informed choices about their votes.

A student at Carroll Elementary School shows off his “I voted” sticker.

According to Gwendolyn Lockett, program director of elementary social studies, mock voting is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in the democratic process fully.

“The most important message we want to convey to our students is that voting is one of our most important rights and responsibilities as a citizen,” said Lockett. “We should all take advantage of the opportunity to have our voices heard; after all, our children are citizens too.”

Lead by Example

Lockett also encourages families in our community to vote and has taken part in several voter registration drives. She advises parents to take their children to the polls. If families teach children the importance of voting from parents and guardians early (and as a family), the chances are that they will follow their lead when they are old enough to vote.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson