Mock Elections: Websites to Help

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As one who ran the school Mock Elections last time round (2005) and fully intending to do so this time, a round-up of useful websites seems timely. No sites reviewed required fees paid.

YVote

www.mockelections.co.uk

A fabulous site, run by the Hansard Society who have a good reputation of supporting student understanding of citizenship issues; I used extensively last time around. You can register your school and, for example, when schools upload their results you can see a rolling vote results much like the genuine national screening on election night. Although relevant to the General Election YVote offers opportunity to participate in such as Mock European Elections also. You select your constituency; choose key issues, in fact, anything you may possibly need is here. You can choose to follow the national election and have candidates representing known parties, or you can localise to your school and allow students to form their own parties! Upon registering a free poster and resource pack is sent. I am awaiting mine eagerly. A highly recommended resource.

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OK Parliament

www.parliament.uk

From this site you can find out who your Constituency MP is and contact details for all MPs. Two tabs on the main page are of particular interest: 'Get Involved' and 'Topical Issues'. The former allows students to see the workings of parliament and the latter offers and A-Z index (follows a hierarchical sub-topics structure) of issues for which there is parliamentary research material. You can even choose to follow Parliament on Twitter!

LTScotland

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/citizenship/creativeteaching/topicalissues/ mockelections.asp

A long URL for a resource from the ever useful Learning and Teaching Scotland website. Although a little outdated at the time of testing, as it refers to the 2005 elections as current, information offered remains valuable. They make full use of the YVote website and also offer links to other websites such as 'The Electoral Commission--do Scotland'. Outdated (may be updated for the 2010 elections) but some potential leads and links here.

Electoral Commission

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Quite a busy front page, and clearly not aimed at students, this site is best used for the formal and procedural elements to running an election. For the full, true experience, adhering to UK Parliamentary guidelines is necessary. Here is how. Of particular interest may be the information for 'Third Party Campaigners', i. …