• 2020 Primaries Results

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    Students in New Jersey, ranging from grades 4 to 12, voted primarily via electronic ballots. Students submitted votes for the primary candidates based on their selected party as well as two issue questions: whether New Jersey should have Daylight Saving Time all year round and if New Jersey law should require that the school day start no earlier than 8:30am. 4-5th grade student votes were only for the issue questions.

    Students either submitted their ballots individually online or a representative from each participating school or school district collected the voting results and submitted them via an online form. In total, schools within all of the Congressional Districts participated, with a grand total of 35,073 students casting votes. Students that voted online were able to participate in a “ranked choice” voting method. After selecting their party, students would rank the candidates of that party. In the charts, we show the voting distribution of each candidate by round. Every new round, a candidate is dropped and those ballots are reallocated until a candidate receives majority of the vote. More information on how ranked voting works can be viewed under Current Issues.

    For the Republican party, Donald Trump achieved a majority in the first round, so there is no chart breaking down the results by round. And while delegates are not distributed according to Congressional Districts, there are also maps displaying the results of the first round of voting by Congressional District. Results of the two current issue questions are displayed in charts by grade sections.

    More detailed results, including breakdown by grades is available in the PDF download.

    Download the Results Report (PDF)

    These results are a limited sample of student views, representing only those schools and classes that chose to vote in the mock election.

    Final Results

    Below are three charts. The first is showing the Democratic results for each round of the ranked choice voting. Donald Trump had a majority in the first round, so results are only displayed for the Democratic party. The other two charts are showing the breakdown of votes received in the initial round of voting.

    Democratic Primaries Map

    Here is a visual for the initial round of voting. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages for the candidates.

    Republican Primaries Map

    Here is a visual for the initial round of voting. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages for the candidates.

    The Current Issues

    We asked the students two current issue questions: 1) Should New Jersey law require that the school day start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.? 2) Should we eliminate the time change in the fall, making it Daylight Saving Time all 12 months of the year? Below are charts showing results by grade section for each question.

  • 2019 Results

    Students in New Jersey, ranging from grades 4-12 voted primarily via electronic ballots. Students submitted votes for General Assembly candidates as well as four questions: whether the Electoral College should be abolished in favor of a direct, popular vote, if online voting should be offered, if voting should be mandatory, and if New Jersey should implement a system of ranked voting.

    Students either submitted their ballots individually online or a representative from each participating school district collected the voting results and submitted them via an online form. In total, schools within 26 Legislative Districts participated, with a grand total of 12,475 students casting votes.

    The color of the Legislative District represents the candidate that received the most votes. Red means both elected candidates were Republican and blue means both elected candidates were Democrat. Purple means the representatives elected by the students are not from the same party (e.g. one Democrat and one Republican). Third party candidates were on the ballot.

    Download the Results Report (PDF)

    General Assembly Map

    Here is the final General Assembly results. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages for the top four candidates.

    The Current Issues

    We asked the students four current issue questions: 1) Should the Electoral College be abolished in favor of a direct, popular vote, 2) Should New Jersey permit online voting, 3) Should voting be mandatory in the UNited States for registered voters, 4) Should New Jersey’s primaries include ranking of candidates? Below are charts showing results by grade section for all four questions.

    Current Issues 2019

  • 2018 Results

    Students in New Jersey, ranging from grades 4-12 voted primarily via electronic ballots. Students submitted votes for five categories: House of Representatives, Senate, whether they vote by party loyalty or by the issues, should President and Congress be from the same or different parties, and whether or not the nation would benefit from the rise of a strong third party. Votes were received from students residing in each congressional district. These votes were tallied up to generate the result by Congressional District and by Grade.

    Students either submitted their ballots individually online or a representative from each participating school district collected the voting results and submitted them via an online form. In total, all 12 Congressional Districts participated, with a grand total of 24,468 students casting votes. 12,533 students were from grades 4-8, and 11,935 were from grades 9-12. Below is a table with the total students per grade.

    In each map, the color of the congressional district represents the candidate or issue stance that received the most votes. On House of Representative and Senate maps, red represents the Republican candidate and blue represents the Democrat candidate. On issue maps, green and red are used instead of party colors.

    Download the Results Report (PDF)

    Senate Map

    Here is the final Senate results. Blue district means Menendez received the most votes, and red means Hugin received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    House of Representatives Map

    Here is the final Senate results. Blue district means the Democrat representative received the most votes, and red means the Republican representative received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    The Current Issues

    We asked the students three opinion questions: 1) Do you vote by party loyalty or by candidate and issues, 2) Is it better for Congress and the Presidency to be of the same party or different parties, 3) Would the country benifit from the rise of a third party? Below are charts showing results by Congressional District of all three questions.

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    Split Party

    Thirdy Party

  • 2017 Results

    Students in New Jersey, ranging from grades 5-12 voted primarily via paper ballots. Students submitted votes for four categories: Governor, Senate, General Assembly, and where they got their news. 85% of the students submitted votes for all four categories. The remaining 15% only submitted votes for the gubernatorial candidates. Votes were received from students residing in 18 of the 40 Legislative Districts. The missing districts are not shown in the reporting tables.

    A representative from each participating school district collected the voting results and submitted them via an online form. In total, 25 school districts across NJ participated, with a grand total of 14,056 students casting votes. 6,846 students were from grades 5-8, and 7,211 were from grades 9-12.

    Download the Results Report (PDF)

    Total Maps by District

    Gubernatorial Map

    Here is the final Governor results. Blue district means Murphy/Oliver received the most votes, and red means Guadagno/Rendo received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    State Senate Map

    Here is the final Senate results. Blue district means the Democrat representative received the most votes, and red means the Republican representative received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    General Assembly Map

    Here is the final General Assembly results. Blue district means the two Democrat representatives received the most votes, red means the two Republican representatives received the most votes, and purple means a representative from each major party received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    News Source Map

    Here is the news source results. Students were asked to select all the news sources they use from the following list: printed newspapers, newspapers via their websites, other websites, social media, and broadcast media. The chart below is broken down by grade, showing the percentage of students within each grade that used a particular news source.

    NJ Mock Election_2017_Chart_Final
  • 2016 Results

    Students in New Jersey ranging from grades 5-12 voted primarily via paper ballots. Students submitted votes for four categories: President, House of Representatives, whether or not NJ should enact a gas tax, and whether or not there should be term limits for Congressmen. 85% of the students submitted votes for all four categories. The remaining 15% only submitted votes for the presidential candidates. Votes were received from students residing in each congressional district. Additionally, votes were received from students residing in every county except for Atlantic, Salem, and Gloucester. These missing counties are not shown in the reporting tables.

    A representative from each participating school district collected the voting results. In total, 74 school districts across NJ participated, with a grand total of 65,696 students casting votes.

    Download the Results Report (PDF)

    Total Maps by District

    President Map

    Here is the final President results by District. Blue district means Clinton received the most votes, and red means Trump received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    House of Representatives Map

    Here is the final results by District. Blue district means the Democrat representative received the most votes, and red means the Republican representative received the most votes. The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    Gas Tax Map

    Here is the final gas tax results by District. Red means the majority voted “no” and and red means the majority voted “yes.” The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.

    Term Limits Map

    Here is the final term limits results by District. Red means the majority voted “no” and and red means the majority voted “yes.” The yellow buttons can be clicked on to see total percentages.