TROY — Eager voters lined up at the polls on Tuesday morning anxiously awaiting their turn to cast their vote.
Forest Elementary students, along with several other local elementary schools, participated in the mock presidential election through the Every Kid Votes program. The online voting poll is through the Studies Weekly organization, which holds the mock election through Nov. 4.
“It kinda scared me for a little bit because I don’t know how to vote yet, so I’m just nervous since it’s my first time voting,” said Forest Elementary School student Jaydon Arrington.
Second-grade teacher Keisha Barker coordinated the mock election for the students at Forest Elementary School on Tuesday.
“We’ve gone through the importance of voting and how the process works,” Barker shared.
Barker said the lesson plan also touched upon the student’s right to vote, when they turn 18, and the history of voting rights in the U.S.
Ezekiel Sweet, 8, and Sarah Zickafoose, 7, embraced their right to vote on Tuesday.
“Voting is super fun. I like voting even though I’ve never done it before,” she said. “You get to choose who you like.”
“I was excited about it because I hadn’t done it,” Sweet said. “If you choose a good leader, then they get to lead this country.”
Students cast their vote on laptops in the voter booth staged in a small office off of the gymnasium.
“Not everyone has had the right to vote, so it’s important for them to recognize that as a citizen to go out and vote,” Barker said. “Yet, they aren’t legally allowed to vote, but I want them exposed so that way they’ll go out and do that … exposing (the voting process) to them now and letting them have that exposure is important.”
Barker shared how her class studied the presidential candidates’ biographies, focusing on their careers and abstaining from their platform issues.
After voting, each student proudly placed their “I Voted Today” stickers, which were donated by the Miami County Board of Elections.
“The stickers were a huge deal to the kids, so we were very thankful for the board (of elections) for providing those to us,” Barker said.
Barker will use the data collected by the Studies Weekly polls to see how their class voted, their school voted and how their state voted, along with students from around the country.
Students sign their names on the ballot card before they enter the voting booth.
The organization claims that children have correctly predicted the past three presidential elections.
Poll results as of Wednesday afternoon had Hillary Clinton willing the electoral vote with 367 versus Donald Trump’s 165. Yet, the results for popular votes is much closer with Clinton’s 344,059 votes and Trump’s 260,051 votes. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party Jill Stein also appeared on the ballot.
To see which candidate the nation’s children select, visit http://everykidlearns.org/vote/#form
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