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Spencer County students who took part in the statewide mock elections last week may have had differing opinions on the issues facing Americans, but the majority agreed on who should be taking the top spot. Many of the students voted for John McCain for president and Mitch McConnell for senate.
“We were able to use 25 percent of our student population, a cross section of the population in the mock election,” said Tracy Bale, principal of Spencer County High School. “It will be interesting to see the results of Spencer County and how it reflects on the results of the school.”
The high school students said the economy was the main issue of concern while the students at Taylorsville Elementary said it was health care quality and its costs.
The hopes of the statewide project was to not only introduce the voting process to students, but by students seeing the democratic process at work, they would hopefully learn the importance of being civically active.
“Mock elections foster a voter habit that young people can carry well into their adult lives,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chair of the Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy in a press release. “Encouraging active civic engagement among our young people is ultimately beneficial for the entire Commonwealth.”
Although most of the students were not old enough to participate in the general election, it was an experience that students hopefully, will take with them after they graduate.
“Since we’re not legal yet, it was nice that the faculty cared about our opinion,” said Nick Risen, junior at SCHS.
And then there are some students who were excited about stepping into the voting booths for the first time.
“I am psyched,” said Lindsey Kempf, senior at SCHS, after the mock elections last week. “I get to help pick who runs the country.”
This was a statewide exercise with over 100,000 students from over 300 schools in Kentucky participating in the project which was coordinated by Grayson.
In recent years Kentucky has been a leader in the effort to enhance a long-term civic engagement according to Grayson. Through programs such as The National Student/Parent Mock Election, which is promoted by the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky throughout the Commonwealth, the students are learning the process on which this country counts.
According to a press release, the results for the state of Kentucky overall were, most notably: John McCain for president and Mitch McConnell for senator.
“By involving students in the democratic process, we wish to not only energize your people to vote, but to also remind their family and friends about the importance of voting on November 4,” stated Grayson.
For results from individual schools, please visit: www.sos.ky.gov/mockelection.