Fourth graders from the Betsey B. Winslow School in New Bedford, MA participated in the 2014 Mock Election.Fourth graders from the Betsey B. Winslow School in New Bedford, MA participated in the 2014 Mock Election.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the state coordinator for the National Student/Parent Mock Election for Massachusetts. This voter education program actively engages students in grades K-12 in state and national campaigns, and emphasizes the importance of voting and the power of their ballots.

Mock Election Day is Thursday, November 3, 2016. As state coordinator, the Kennedy Library:

  • Distributes age-appropriate curriculum packets for teachers to use in their classroom. Packets include biographical information about the candidates, their positions on the issues, and classroom activities.
  • Sends voting ballots and voting information the week prior to Mock Election Day.
  • Answers any questions teachers have during the election and voting process.

On November 3rd, students will cast their vote for the candidate they believe should be the next president of the United States. Teachers will tabulate the results for their classes, and report them to the Kennedy Library, who will announce the results of the election.

How to Participate

Massachusetts educators may register by downloading the brochure and enrollment form, or by emailing educationjfk@nara.gov with their school’s information. There is no deadline, though early registration is encouraged.

Schools outside of Massachusetts can find out how to register for this program at NationalMockElection.org.


See how Massachusetts students voted in past elections:

2014 Gubernatorial Election

Charlie Baker (R) 5,544 51.0% Martha Coakley (D)
4,735 43.5% Write-ins*
601 5.5%  
10,880 total votes

* This total includes votes for the three 3rd party candidates, Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeff McCormick, and other write-in candidates.

For the Ballot Question results, click here.

2012 Presidential Election

Barack Obama (D) 45,939 68.44%
Mitt Romney (R) 18,983 28.28%
Gary Johnson (L) 890 1.32%
Jill Stein (G-R) 1,314 1.95%
Write Ins 62 0.01%

 67,118 total votes

The results for all races are available here.

Visit our photo gallery to see how Massachusetts students prepared and celebrated Mock Election Day in 2012. 

2010 Gubernatorial Election

Deval Patrick (D) 6,289
Charlie Baker (R) 5,645
Tim Cahill (I) 2,654
Jill Stein (G-R) 1,382
Write Ins 3

2008 Presidential Election 
Barack Obama (D) 59,974
John McCain (R) 26,307
Ralph Nader (I) 1,606
Write Ins 1,052
Cynthia McKinney (G) 565
Bob Barr (L) 362
Chuck Baldwin (C) 307

2006 Gubernatorial Election

Deval Patrick (D) 8,902
Kerry Healey (R) 5,455
Christy Mihos (I) 1,781
Grace Ross (G-R) 1,546
Write Ins 0

2004 Presidential Election
John Kerry (D) 40,929
George W. Bush (R) 26,346
Ralph Nader (I) 2,850
Write Ins 223
David Cobb (G) 195
Michael Badnarik (L) 127
Walt Brown (S) 84
Michael Peroutka (C) 2

Please note that the election results should not and cannot be used as an accurate prediction, or as the basis for an accurate prediction of real election results. 

2012 Mock Election Gallery

Betsey B. Winslow Elementary School, New Bedford

Visit our photo gallery to see how Massachusetts students prepared and celebrated Mock Election Day in 2012.

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