Before Pennsylvania’s primary voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, Pennsylvania’s high school students gave a preview of possible results as part of this month’s PA Youth Vote Mock Election.
This pilot, in the first year of the PA Youth Vote Mock Election, allowed students to choose between real candidates for statewide and local offices and answering ballot questions that were customized to their interests.
483 students cast their ballots, in grades 9-12 from nine schools in Philadelphia, Lehigh, Chester, and Adams County. Summary results are below. You can view the raw results on this spreadsheet.
Kathy Barnette - 25%
Students voted for candidates in six congressional, six state senate, and 20 state house districts. You can view those results on this sheet.
1. Should the voting age be lowered from 18 to 16?
2. Currently, Pennsylvania has a "closed primary system," where a voter has to be registered with a political party to vote in that party's primary election. Should Pennsylvania implement "open primaries," in which independent and unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary as well?