About Us

The National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) was founded in 1980 and over nearly four decades has grown into the largest civic educational event in the country. The Mock Election has played a critical role in educating over 50 million students about the importance of democracy and voter participation in our elections. NSPME’s network of Election Coordinators in thousands of schools across the United States, its territories, and Department of Defense School District overseas has allowed the NSPME to be available to every U.S. student in the world. The NSPME has also been showcased in Japan, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Canada, and Mexico.


The NSPME’s mission is to teach a new generation the basic principles and workings of democracy - and by doing so, empower them to "preserve and protect a government of the people, by the people, and for the people".


Gloria Kirshner and Edward Stanley made a prolific pair in the 1960s: the two created "Exploring" on NBC, a nationwide broadcast of elementary school curriculum in language arts, social studies, math, science and founded the National Student Parent Mock Election.

"Exploring" was a hit: over 600,000 teachers asked for the series Teachers Guide. Stanley, Director of Public Affairs for NBC, and Kirshner, an educational consultant, knew they had something substantial. But the two quickly noticed that social studies teachers, especially those attempting to teach civics and government, were direly unprepared. In fact, coaches and math teachers were taking on civics courses at the middle and high school levels.

Kirshner and Stanley both realized these poorly prepared children -- and their children’s children -- would soon determine the destiny of the world’s longest lasting democracy. Their inferior education about democracy could very well threaten our political system’s integrity.

"Enlighten the people generally", Thomas Jefferson wrote, "and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day". Stanley and Kirshner were inspired by this quote and spent 10 years seeking a solution. Eventually, the two connected with such legendary education leaders as Dr. Benjamin Bloom, Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg, and Dr. Arthur W. Foshay. The experts helped Kirshner and Stanley develop a project titled the NBC Parent Participation TV Workshop Project.

The first-ever National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) in 1980, as part of this project, had students and parents in 30 states casting votes. By 1984, 2 million were participating; by 1988, 5 million. With each passing mock election, more and more students learn the importance of participating in our great democracy, but will still have room to grow and serve even more students. There are an estimated 45 million students in the United State with Internet access at their schools. Our goal in 2018 (and beyond) is to allow all these students to learn about the basic principles of democracy and participate in a fun, informative, and interactive mock election.

NSPME is an Arizona based non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 corporation with offices in Washington, DC, Tucson, and Puerto Rico.
More information about the National Student Mock Election and its activities at www.NationalMockElection.com.
You can reach the Mock Election at 1-800-680-1758.