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Students cast ballots in 10th annual mock election

Thousands of Oregon students are voting early in this year’s general election — even if they’re too young to vote.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund is hosting next week the 10th annual Oregon Student Mock Election that gives 45,000 students across the state a chance to voice their opinions. The annual election-year event is done in partnership with My Voice National Student Mock Elections.

From Monday, Oct. 29, to Thursday, Nov. 1, students in elementary, middle and high schools will cast ballots for president, Congress, secretary of state, state Supreme Court judge and a handful of state ballot measures. Oregon student votes will be reported nationally and counted among hundreds of thousands of students participating.

In 2008, Oregon students voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama for president, reflecting the national election just a few days later.

This year’s student vote coincides with the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Oregon.

The program is cosponsored and supported by the governor’s office, the secretary of state, the state Department of Education, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, the Oregon PTA, the Oregon School Boards Association, the Oregon Council for the Social Studies and Oregon Association of Student Councils.