Perry County Middle School students elect Romney in mock election | News
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Mitt Romney won the mock presidential race at the Perry County Middle School Tuesday.
More than 204 seventh grader registered to vote, studied the election process, and investigated issues important to them.
Each child had to present his/her school ID and registration card at the correct polling place to receive a presidential election ballot. The form asked students to choose between Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Romney won with 82 votes. Obama had 61. Of the 204 eligible voters, 143 or 70 percent, cast a ballot.
"We tried to make this as close to the actual election process as possible," said PCMS teacher Karen Bahr in a press release to the media. "If the students didn't report to the correct polling place or failed to show their registration or ID, they did not get to cast a ballot."
Those who successfully completed the process were given an official "I Voted" sticker.
Students were asked which issues they considered most important, who influences their vote and whether most of the people they know are Republican or Democrats in a pre-election survey.
Students compiled and graphed this information, learned about the Electoral College, and will continue their lesson by graphing election results and comparing the school's results to local, state and national results.
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