2020 Mock Election Primary Resources

Mock Election Results

A collection of useful links related to the 2020 Primary Elections, aimed at providing students and teachers some handy information to have when discussing the NH Primary and Mock Election.

Lesson Plans


  • Cast Your Vote - What issues do you want to ask candidates about? In Cast Your Vote, you choose the questions in a debate, rate their responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice. Source: iCivics
  • Win the White House - Running for the presidency isn’t easy! In Win the White House, you get to manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances. Keep a close eye on the map as you battle over electoral votes and popular support. Source: iCivics
  • Inside the Voting Booth - Gr. 3-8 - This activity introduces students to the history of suffrage in America, through the "Voting Time Machine," which presents case studies from different decades. Students also anticipate the time when they will be able to vote, through a customized, printable voter registration card, which also asks them to identify the issues they think are most important today. Understand why it is important to vote, examine times in U.S. election history when one vote made a difference in the election's outcome, learn several historical facts about voting and vote in a mock issues survey. Source: PBS Learning Media

News Sources - Local

News Sources - Iowa

  • Iowa Caucuses - This site from the Des Moines Register has the latest news about the candidates in Iowa.
  • Iowa Press - This site from Iowa Public Television features the latest political news as well as archived video of past programs, including interviews with the candidates.

News Sources - National

Election Laws and Voting Districts

  • N. H. Election Division - Learn how to register to vote in New Hampshire, find out where the polling places are in your community, find out how to file for office, and find out what type of voting machines are being used in different communities.
  • New Hampshire Secretary of State - Voting and election information including elections results for past elections.
  • Federal Election Commission - This site contains information about campaign finance regulations for federal offices, as well as information about elections and voting.

Election History

First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary History

  • The New Hampshire Political Library - Learn the history of the N.H. primaries, take a look at some presidential primary trading cards, or look at photos from past primaries.
  • Dave Lip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - This site has detailed information on national results for the major and minor candidates for U.S. President in the presidential elections from 1789 through 2000. Individual year pages include candidates, parties, popular and electoral vote totals, maps, charts, and voter turnout (1932-2000). Also, there are state results pages for the elections from 1896 through 2000 with county level maps and data for the elections from 1960 through 2000. Wow! 
  • WyzAnt - This site features audio files of figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, FDR, and Richard Nixon. 

Online Video


General Election Resources

  • League of Women Voters - This site features voter education resources and information.
  • Open Secrets - Follow the money trail! Find out who is giving money to campaigns. You can search for campaign contributions by individual donor name or by PAC, industry, or soft money. You can also look at a contribution report for individual candidates.
  • Circle - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement and Learning - CIRCLE, based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York, conducts, collects, and funds research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. You will find a wealth of research-based materials here that look at youth voting and civic engagement.

Political Sites for Students

  • Rock the Vote - Grades 7-12 - This site for teens and young adults features coverage of issues like education, the environment, free expression and violence. The site also contains information about registering to vote and becoming politically active.
  • PBS Kids Democracy Project - Grades 3-6 - Students can learn how government impacts them by taking a virtual tour of a town's buildings, roads, and parks can go Inside the Voting Booth and learn the history of suffrage in America. While there they can create a customized, printable voter registration card. Next they can become president for a day and make the tough decisions that face a president. There is also a classroom resources section for teachers with lesson plans.
  • Elections - Grade 4-12 - This site from the Library of Congress provides primary source materials, lesson plans and other resources focused on elections.
  • Congress for Kids: Elections - Grades 3-8 - This site from the Dirksen Congressional Center features information about the primaries, the political parties, the national party conventions and more.
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - Grades K-12 - With sections for grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; and parents and teachers, this site from the U.S. Government Printing Office features overviews of how government works and includes games and activities for the student.

Political Parties

Political Cartoons

  • Cagle Post - Daily political cartons from editorial cartoonists around the country.

Political Ads

  • Political Ad Sleuth - You can search this site to find out who's funding political ads airing across the country. You can sort it by state and individual television market or date.
  • The Living Room Candidate - This site from the American Museum of the Moving Image has Presidential campaign commercials from 1952-2012. You can search by year, type of commercial, or issue.You will also find a collection of lesson plans for grades 9-12 as well as the Ad Maker, and interactive tool that lets students  re-edit a commercial from a historic presidential campaign or creating one using historical footage. You will need to register to save your finished ad.

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