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Who can participate in the Mock Election?

 

Any student, staff member or faculty member enrolled or employed by Western Illinois University may participate. Note the simulation takes place over six sessions. Session I will be held in Moline at the i-Wireless Center. That event will be led by students and staff from the Quad Cities, including personnel from Augustana College, Scott Community College, Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University and WIU-Moline. WIU-Macomb also will participate in Session 1, but will assume the lead role in the remaining five sessions.

 

 

Is participation limited to political science classes?

 

Absolutely not. While many political science classes will participate, the event is intended for everyone. It is a community-wide civic event. Participation is open to any and all classes, regardless of level or subject matter. This event will be especially valuable to First Year Experience classes.

 

 

How can I participate in the Mock Election?

 

Many professors will have their classes participate. If you are not in a participating class, but want to get involved in the Mock Election, please email or call your college representative listed on the contact page. Don’t be left out!

 

How will I know where I am supposed to go?

 

Each participant will be given a color-coded identification badge. Republicans will have Red badges and Democrats will have Blue badges. The badge will include your name, identification number, school and the particular caucus you will attend.

 

 

How will I know what to do during the Mock Election?

 

The Schedule of Events is found on this website. Most students will be Caucus Goers. Delegates or Voters, depending on the night. Your responsibility is to listen to the candidates or their surrogates, engage the campaign Field Workers, confer with your “neighbors”, discuss issues and vote for the candidate that best represents your community or interests. Most of all, just have fun!

 

 

On what basis do I cast my vote?

 

It generally boils down to this: “Based on everything I know, how would the voters of my assigned community vote if the presidential election were held today?” It is as simple and as complicated as that.

 

 

Will the voting be done secretly?

 

Yes. Nobody needs to know how you cast your vote, unless you want to reveal it. To ensure fairness and legitimacy, the votes will be counted by members of the League of Women Voters.

 

 

What should I wear to the Mock Election?

 

Wear whatever you choose. Since this is a patriotic event, you might wear something red, white and blue. Feel free to be creative. Again, this is meant to be a fun evening of civic engagement.

 

 

Which Political Party should I choose in the Mock Election?

 

The choice is yours. If you considered yourself a Democrat, then attend the Democratic Caucuses. If you identify with Republicans, then attend the Republican Caucuses. And if you don’t identify with either of the two major parties, then select the party that is closest to your beliefs. The simulation works best if you do that.

 

 

Why is initial participation limited to just two political parties?

 

While there are many minor or third parties in American politics, our system is essentially a two-party system. Later in the simulation, at the WIU-Macomb campus, students will simulate the national nominating conventions of the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Tea Party. If you identify with one of those parties and want to participate, you are invited to do so. Please check the schedule of events and contact list to be given an identification badge.

 

 

Must students always play Democrats or Republicans?

 

While there are many minor or third parties in American politics, our system is essentially a two-party system. Later in the simulation, at the WIU-Macomb campus, students will simulate the national nominating conventions of the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Tea Party. If you identify with one of those parties and want to participate, you are invited to do so. Please check the schedule of events and contact list to be given an identification badge.

 

 

Will any actual Presidential Candidates attend the Mock Election?

 

The actual Republican and Democratic hopefuls have been invited to participate. We cannot guarantee their attendance. If they cannot attend, their Mock Campaign Managers will arrange for video presentations or surrogate speakers.

 

 

How can I become a leader in the Mock Election?

 

Most of the Quad Cities participants will be Caucus Goers. However, if you want to be a leader or work on a particular political campaign, please let us know. Each candidate will have a Campaign Manager and approximately 25 or more Field Workers. The Campaign Managers and Field Workers are students who will develop strategy, study the issues and campaign on behalf of their candidates. Students on the WIU-Macomb campus are organizing the various political camps and will coordinate with student leaders on each of the Quad Cities campuses. To be a leader or work on a specific campaign, please email or call our student coordinator listed on the contact page.

 

 

Will I receive credit for participating in the Mock Election?

 

That decision is left up to your professors. Some professors might make the Mock Election a course requirement. Other professors will give extra credit for attending the Mock Election. The amount of points awarded is a matter of academic discretion. Still other professors may give an additional assignment, such as conducting research or writing an essay about your experience. However, even if your professor opts not to participate, this should not stop you from attending. Let your voice be heard, meet new friends, and have a great time.

 

 

What if I am enrolled in two classes that are participating in the Mock Election?

 

It is quite possible you will be enrolled in two or more classes that will be participating in the Mock Election. In that case, you may earn double or triple bonus points! Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth! Take advantage of it. However, you will be given only ONE badge. We will coordinate with your professors or campus coordinators on badge assignments.

 

 

Will other political parties be allowed to participate in the Mock Election?

 

Yes, but not in Session 1. Students wishing to participate in the Green, Libertarian or Tea Parties are encouraged to attend their mock national conventions at the WIU-Macomb campus in Session 5. Please see the Schedule of Events for times and locations.

 

 

Is it possible for Quad Cities students to participate in the WIU-Macomb sessions?

 

Yes. But it will be first come, first served due to seating capacity. There will be a different numbering system and badge assignments from Session I. Again, please check our contact sheet.

 

 

What can I do to prepare for the Mock Election?

 

You can start by reading all of the content on this webpage. Be aware of what the presidential candidates are doing and saying. Read newspapers. Search for political news online. Learn about your local caucus. Check with your local party officials.

 

 

If I attend the Mock Republican sessions, may I also attend the Mock Democratic sessions, or vice versa?

 

You may only participate in one party session at a time. Depending on the number of seats available, you may be observers in the upper tiers of seating. We will keep you posted online concerning the availability of seats.

 

 

Why do Republicans go first and the Democrats second?

 

By tradition, the party in the White House goes second. When we conducted the Mock Election in 2007, the Democrats went first and the Republicans went last.

 

 

How will they take attendance at the Mock Election?

 

We will take attendance several times during the evening. We will have staff assigned to each caucus. We will check off your name when you arrive, during the session as you complete surveys, and before you exit. If you are receiving credit for the sessions, all of your participating professors will be provided an electronic notice of your attendance and participation.

 

 

Will the Mock Election generate any television or news coverage?

 

Yes. WIU TV will cover all events gavel-to-gavel. We anticipate coverage from all local television stations and we will invite C-SPAN. Additionally, we will invite local and national print and electronic news representatives to cover the events.

 

 

What should I learn from participating in the Mock Election?

 

You should leave with a better understanding of: 1) the American political processes, 2) the differences between presidential caucuses and presidential primaries, 3) the importance of local political participation, 4) the differences between the various political parties, what they do and why they do it, 5) the actual presidential candidates, their records and issue positions. Most importantly, we hope that you leave the venue with a desire to participate in our political system in the future.