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LHS Library Takes Part in National Mock Election

Thursday, November 3, 2016 -

The Liverpool High School Library recently participated in the Youth lhslibmockelection16Leadership Initiative’s national mock election.

Using a state-of-the art online voting system tailored to each school’s home legislative district, LHS students had the opportunity to cast votes for both national and state races using any device that could access the Internet (smart phones, tablets and computers).

At LHS, Hillary Clinton was elected president, Charles Schumer was re-elected to the United States Senate and John Katko was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The final national, state and individual school election results were posted on the LHS Library Web site. To view the results of the YLI mock election, visit https://sites.google.com/a/liverpool.k12.ny.us/lhslibrestricted/classesmenu/mockelection.

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is a national civic education program based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Approximately one million students voted in this year’s YLI Mock Election, which is the largest secure, student-only online mock election in the nation.

A national research study conducted by the University of Virginia Center for Politics found conclusively that the instructional components of the Youth Leadership Initiative could have a positive impact on students.

“Programs such as the YLI mock election have the opportunity to excite students about our democracy,” said LHS library media specialist Sue Stagnitta. “Students are empowered with the sense of ‘I Can’ optimism that can lead to a lifetime of civic involvement.”

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