The Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation is facilitating an online simulation election for the 2018 California gubernatorial primaries.
This simulated voting experience includes survey questions that allow students to locate themselves within the political spectrum and answer questions about their political involvement. The Arsalyn Program will compile data collected from high school students across the greater Los Angeles area to learn more about what parties, ideas and issues resonate across the group. Voting results will be shared through the Arsalyn Website.
Teacher Sign-Ups end April 13 and we request that there be a maximum of 2 teachers at one high school. The Teacher Sign-Up form is here:
All stages of the SimElection are conducted through Survey Monkey. This allows students to participate in the experience using a computer, phone or any other digital device on their own schedule.
Teachers will help us facilitate the SimElection through a simple 3-step process.
Student Voter Registration: Teachers are provided with a link for students to complete pre-registration by Tuesday, April 24. On this pre-registration survey, students will be asked to provide general demographic data (i.e. their name and birth date) to enable Arsalyn to track the response rate and authenticate data. Registration includes a survey of political views and civic participation. The names will be used to generate a registration list and Participant ID cards for the teachers to hand out in the classroom. After the generation and distribution of these cards, the students names will be removed from all Arsalyn databases.
Participant ID verification: Teachers receive their registration list for verification. Participant ID cards are then provided for distribution. Students whose Participant ID is used more than once cannot be verified and will not be counted. Teachers should retain the Participant ID list to assist students who lose their card before voting. It is vital that teachers retain the list, as the Arsalyn Program will have no means of providing the numbers once the IDs have been generated and the students' names removed from our records.
Voting Period: Teacher are provided with a link for students to use to complete their online ballot. The online voting period will begin on May 8th and all votes must be submitted by Tuesday, May 15. This project is not integrated with any specific curricular materials and will be nonpartisan in nature. Teachers are not asked to do any special coverage of the elections.