N.J. Students Pick Corzine
to Repeat as Governor
If New Jersey's schoolchildren
could vote in the General Election next Tuesday they would choose incumbent
Gov. Jon S. Corzine to continue as the state's governor.
Corzine, the Democratic candidate, received 46.7 percent of the votes cast
in the New Jersey Student/Parent Mock Election at 201 of the state's
Republican Chris Christie
received 31.9 percent of the Mock Election vote and Independent Christopher J. Daggett received 13.5
percent. Seven other independent candidates received a total of 7.9 percent of
the statewide vote.
Voting in schools was done
October 26-29. Results were finalized at 8 p.m., November 3, Election Day.
Voting results for each
New Jersey county, as well as the statewide results, are available at
In addition to their selection of Corzine as governor, 73.9 percent of the
students voted to approve the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain
Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009, the
Public Question on this year's statewide ballot.
The New Jersey Mock Election, which is affiliated with the National
Student/Parent Mock Election attracted a total of 66,653 students who voted
in their schools on computers or paper ballots.
More than 980 New Jersey
schools had enrolled to participate in the Mock Election.
The enrolled schools with
ID codes listed
on this website sent in their vote totals through the end of the General
Election on November 3. All votes were compiled by
sponsor of this voter-education project is the Institute of Democratic
Education, which also operated the nation's only other gubernatorial race in
Virginia. Republican Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell won that race with 52.3 percent of the student
vote. He was trailed by Democratic candidate R. Creigh Deeds with 47.7 percent.
"The children are the real winners of this exercise in democracy," said
Gloria Kirshner, president of the National Student/Parent Mock Election.
NSPME invites participation from kindergarten through college and by parents
who are invited by schools to help with the election.
Kirshner added that research has shown that 88 percent of parents want their
children taught about elections, democracy and ethics.
Media Fact Sheet
posted on this website provides information about the Mock Election and how
to interpret the voting results.
The National Student/Parent
Mock Election prepared a special teacher's
guide for the gubernatorial race.
Click here to retrieve the guide. This
curriculum guide offers outstanding exercises for students as they studied the
candidates and issues leading up to the Mock Election.
The Institute of Democratic
Education (Instituto de Formación Democrática), based in Puerto Rico,
received a grant from the federal
Election Assistance Commission to operate the gubernatorial Mock
Elections in New Jersey and Virginia and to launch the
Journalism students from
Communications High School in Wall Township, Monmouth County, helped prepare
this report from data compiled by PracticeYourVote.com, the computing
company that received the online and paper-ballot results submitted by the
The National Student/Parent
Mock Election and all of its affiliated state mock elections are free to
schools and the students who vote.
Thanks to the efforts of many
people and organizations, our state's Mock Election was recognized for its
extensive campaign education efforts and high student participation in the
2008 Presidential Mock Election.
See the video of the awards presentation on June 26 at the New Jersey
State Museum. The ceremony featured the display of one of the few remaining
copies of the Declaration of Independence.
complete story and the press release from the New Jersey Department of State.
286,249 New Jersey
Students Cast Votes in '08 Mock Election
October 30, 2008 - Senator Barack Obama captured
67.8 percent of the votes cast by 286,249 New Jersey students from 802 schools
statewide and won
the Presidential race in the Garden State's 2008 National Student/Parent Mock Election.
Senator John McCain received
29.5 percent of the votes in New Jersey. All other New Jersey candidates
received 2.7 percent.
New Jersey statewide results,
which are posted on this website, were first announced the evening
of October 30, 2008. Also, a
news story about the
New Jersey election is posted on an inside page of this website, as are
tabular results from New Jersey