VOTES 2016 Project

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Clinton is pick of U.S. teens who voted in this national mock election.

Read all about the results.

The VOTES election night video is below. View the VOTES photo gallery.

What is VOTES?

VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teens in Every State), a nationwide mock election project for high school students, is celebrating its 28th anniversary.

The project, begun in 1988 by history teachers Jim Shea and Lorrie Byrom from Northfield Mount Hermon, includes teen voters from at least one public and one independent school in each state. For these teenagers, nearly all of whom will be eligible voters in the election of 2020, the project teaches the significance and the excitement of the democratic process.

This year's American election has captured the interest of people around the world, and VOTES 2016 promises to be an important educational program. Explore this website to learn more about the project. Project Director Jim Shea welcomes your questions. Contact him at

Schedule of Events

  • September and October: On the NMH campus, numerous events will take place to educate and excite students about the upcoming election. Events include political speakers, campaign rallies organized by NMH students, formal political student debates in front of the entire school, an essay-writing contest, a political film series, and political exhibits in Schauffler Library.
  • The week leading up to Tuesday, November 1: Participating VOTES schools across the country, including NMH, cast votes in mock elections at their schools for the presidential candidate of their choice.
  • Tuesday, November 1: All VOTES schools election results are due to Jim Shea at NMH.
  • Sunday, November 6: Simulated election-night coverage from James Gym at NMH. The 2016 VOTES Project results will be announced and streamed live over the Internet from 6:30 to 9 pm. A VOTES Project winner will be announced by 9 pm. VOTES election results from around the country will be announced by student anchors at VOTES election headquarters, James Gym at Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, Massachusetts. The evening will feature reports, interviews, and political analysis done by NMH students from election headquarters. Live on-air coverage will be livestreamed and broadcast on WNMH, the campus radio station. Campaign music will be provided by the NMH Singers and the Jazz Band.

Photos of 2016 VOTES mock-election-night coverage

VOTES Fun Facts

  • The VOTES Project was created on the NMH campus in 1988.
  • About 100 NMH students play a direct role in the VOTES Project along with the 600+ NMH students who will cast votes in the mock election.
  • About 130 high schools participated in the 2012 VOTES election.
  • Thirty-five schools have participated in all seven previous VOTES mock elections.
  • Over 50,000 teen votes are cast in each VOTES election.
  • VOTES teen voters have picked the winner in six of the past seven elections.
  • VOTES has been covered in USA Today, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Denver Post, The Salt Lake Tribune, and National Public Radio, among other major news outlets.
  • At least one public and one private school from each state participate in the project each year.
  • VOTES Project teen voter turnout has averaged 77 percent across the nation since 1988.
  • VOTES students from Northfield Mount Hermon have gone on to careers in national politics, polling, candidate advocacy, and law.
  • Over the years, participating VOTES schools have been identified as some of the best high schools in the country and several have been listed on Newsweek's list of top schools as well as on the Department of Education’s list of “blue ribbon” schools.
Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles
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