Italy High School hosted a mock election on Tuesday. The Government class and Coach Coleman watched with pride as the students, faculty and staff came forward to announce their feelings about their candidate and watch the students learn a few lessons.
What are the lessons learned you ask? It takes the voters to elect a new president and it takes the workers to make sure the tabulation is clear. The Government class at Italy High School took this voting thing seriously and counted several times before the final tally was declared.
As an adult, before you can vote for the president or any other position on “Election Tuesday,” registration must take place. So another lesson required the same for the high school students. The only difference was 7th-12th grade students, teachers and all staff were able to register and vote for McCain or Obama only on Tuesday, November 4.
The senior class officially sponsored this election with Coach Stephen Coleman, Government instructor, at the lead. “I am on auto-pilot. I threw the idea out there and the students ran with it,” Coleman explained.
The seniors registered fellow students by class and that is how they were allowed to vote. “All students, faculty and staff that registered during last week’s registration period had the privilege of voting,” Coleman said.
The voting took place during lunch periods and counting began immediately after lunch. Claudia Rodriguez said, “They are not just voting. Everybody is actually putting thought into it.”
The registered student voted by class and checked off gender. The vote had some demographics added to it.
Note: There were 3 bad ballots, meaning unclear vote and not counted.
Coach Coleman reminded the senior students about the 2000 election in Florida when Bush and Gore were running. Voters did not fill out the ballot correctly and election clerks had to go back and recount. It was close enough that unclear votes made a difference. Three votes could have changed this mock election too.
This election was highly educational for the students.