With the help of the Cook County Clerk’s office, Proviso East students participated in a “mock election” to help them better understand the voting process, the political system, and how the United States government works.
“The mock elections really taught us a lot about what it’s like to vote, and how the voting process works” said Proviso East Senior Alicea Hardiman. “We learned a lot more about the presidential candidates. And it [the mock elections] reminded us of how important it is to vote, because we can change the future through voting.”
The Proviso East Cafeteria was set up to look like a polling place. The Cook County Clerk provided election equipment and replica voting ballots for students to use. Proviso East students had a chance to learn more about voting from a representative of the Cook County Clerk’s office. Students also had an opportunity to register to vote.
“Our students work, in the mock election, allowed them to have a greater understanding of their role as responsible voting citizens,” said Rosella May-Hartwood, Associate Chair of the Social Studies Department.
Over fifty Proviso East seniors participated in the event. Many of them were trained as pole judges and deputy registrars.
Next week, Proviso East will hold blind elections where students will be asked to vote based on specific social issues.