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Obama wins among (very) young voters
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 01, 2012 | 1176 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Poll worker Austin Parker, who is a fifth-grader in the WES gifted program, made sure the students coming to vote last Tuesday were registered. The entire student body of the school voted in the election. The purpose of the event, which is part of the nationwide Studies Weekly program, is to get students in the habit of voting.
Poll worker Austin Parker, who is a fifth-grader in the WES gifted program, made sure the students coming to vote last Tuesday were registered. The entire student body of the school voted in the election. The purpose of the event, which is part of the nationwide Studies Weekly program, is to get students in the habit of voting.
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The election results are in, at least for one Jones County elementary school that held a mock election Tuesday.

Mattie Wells Elementary School teacher Nancy Kitchens headed up the Oct. 30 election, and her students acted as poll workers. Kitchens has been the teacher for gifted students at the school for five years, and the theory behind the mock election is to get students in the habit of voting.

She has a total of 36 students with 18 of them fifth-graders who will leave her after this year. Kitchens said the students have worked on the election for three weeks. The entire school votes, and they had to register last week to be able to vote Tuesday. The number of students registered was 742.

The students lined up and were checked in by poll workers before going to computers in the school’s two technology labs to cast their ballots. They even received ‘I voted’ stickers afterward to wear home and possibly encourage their parents to vote.

The computers showed pictures of the two candidates, and the students simply checked the candidate of their choice.

After all the votes were tabulated, the results showed President Barack Obama the WES winner with 59 percent of the votes. Mitt Romney received 41 percent.

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