Election Day is only four days away, but students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School got to cast ballots today. Even though their vote doesn’t count until they’re 18, the school wanted to prepare them for when that day does come.
Woodrow Wilson Middle School students got firsthand experience on voting. On Nov. 2, 2012, the school held a mock election.
“We’ve been doing this for two weeks now, preparing the kids, knowing what their roles are and studying about the elections,” says Tasha Wiemers, the cross categorical instructional teacher, at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.
More than 850 kids got the chance to vote for the presidential candidate they think should run the country.
“I don’t think they feel a part of the process yet, obviously until they’re 18, but this gives them an idea of when they get older and they have a right to vote and what it entails.”
The school tried to make the voting process as realistic as they could.
“We were thinking taking the ballots to them in their classroom but we were like why not make them come down. No one makes it easy for us,” says Wiemers.
Students have been studying the two candidates for two weeks.
Eighth Grade student, P.J Collins says he’s not sure who will win, “I think it’s pretty even so far but I’ll have to wait and see who wins.
Each student was handed one ballot and all they had to do was check which candidate they liked. Students were also taught the importance of voting.
“We need a president and if you don’t have a president the world will be messed up and everything,” says sixth grade student, Nicole Talbot.
“If one person doesn’t vote it can change the whole election,” says Collins.
The school says their goal is to prepare their students for when they are able to vote legally.
“We wanted to show; ‘hey your time will come but we wanted to kind of give you a sneak peak’,” says Wiemers.
Votes for this mock election won’t be counted until Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.