How Do School Elections Work?

Students interested in school leadership can register with the school election body before promoting themselves to their fellow students, who may or may not vote in their favor. These elections are experiential learning opportunities through which students elect their leaders, says The Center for Voting and Democracy.

Students should understand political and election vocabularies prior to taking part in the elections. Individuals interested in leadership positions have to manage campaigns and formulate policies that they can use to popularize their candidature, which is similar to national politics. These candidates may hold various rallies in lecture halls or open fields to state their policies and try to resonate with the electorate. A majority of school elections are won by individuals that exude confidence and radiate good leadership qualities.

School elections offer students insights into the electoral process, form part of citizenship education and allow students to elect competent leaders. These elections are popularity contests with a twist; they involve careful planning, strategizing and running of active campaigns. Although not as grand, school elections are very similar to the general elections or primaries. In addition to creating an elected group of students that acts on behalf of the student body, these elections instill the value of future participation in democratic processes in students.