Below is a press release from the Mississippi Secretary of State:
Registration for the Secretary of State’s 2022 Promote the Vote (PTV) program is now available online at www.sos.ms.gov/PTV. This year’s theme “Why Vote?” encourages students to consider the importance of voting and how it corresponds to their beliefs and values.
PTV is the Secretary of State’s comprehensive K-12 voter education program that consists of a statewide mock election, an essay, art, and video production contests.
“Our children are the most valuable resource we have and through the commitment of Mississippi teachers to utilize PTV in the classroom, we are able to begin educating our youngest generation of voters on civic engagement and responsibility,” said Secretary of State Michael Watson.
The PTV Mock Election is open to all students who are enrolled in a Mississippi school or program registered for Promote the Vote. Students will "vote" for their mid-term election candidates during a statewide mock election on Wednesday, October 26.
In partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) Education Department, a social media contest for all participating schools will be held. Details regarding the social media contest can be found on the SOS website.
The PTV art contest is available for kindergarten through 12th grade students, and the PTV essay and video production contests are available to any student in grades 6-12.
All contest winners and their teachers will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Jackson in early 2023.
Anyone wishing to participate in our PTV program must register online. If you have any questions or need assistance registering for the mock election or PTV contests, please contact our External Affairs Division at PTV@sos.ms.gov or 601-359-4454.
PTV Registration will remain open until November 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. It is free, easy, and only takes a few minutes to complete. All contest submissions will be due December 16, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
For more information about PTV, or to register to become a participating school or classroom, visit www.sos.ms.gov/PTV.