Kids Vote in Mock Elections at School

Competing campaign signs in Haymarket, Virginia

The results are in from some of the so-called “battleground” states– states that are considered key to victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked up a big victory in North Carolina — at least three, in fact.

And President Obama came out in front in Florida and Virginia.

How did we find out before the polls closed?

We’re not talking about the election grownups voted in.

We’re talking about mock elections held by schools in those states.

All across the country, kids are casting ballots of their own — and learning about how elections work at the same time.

In North Carolina, Governor Romney won by a landslide at China Grove Middle School, Erwin Middle School and West Wilkes Middle School, according to the Salisbury Post and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.

He won nearly two thirds of the total votes at all three of those schools, according to published reports.

“This is preparing us for when we get older and can actually vote,” said China Grove eighth-grader Luke Travis, in an interview with Post reporter Sarah Campbell.  “I’m glad as youth we get to have a voice.”

In neighboring Virginia, elementary school students in the Waynesboro school district also held a mock election.

“We’ve been learning the plans of each (nominee),” said Westwood Hills Elementary School student Clara Riggan, in an interview with Charlottesville, Virginia, TV station WVIR.  “What Obama and Romney have been trying to do and what they’re going to do.”

The Waynesboro kids voted to re-elect the President.

But it was a close election.

Mister Obama won by only two votes.

That illustrates how important each person’s vote is.

At University Park Elementary School in Melbourne, Florida, the race was nowhere near that close.

In fact, according to the newspaper Florida Today, President Obama won by a whopping count of 64 to seven.

“It seems like he’s doing a pretty good job,” said 11-year-old Mercedes Sheldone, explaining the reason she voted to re-elect him.

As you might expect, the President also won re-election at a school that bears his name Barack Obama Elementary School in Hempstead, New York.

“(Just) because this is Barack Obama Elementary School does not mean that you have to vote for Barack Obama,” principal Helisse Palmore told the students, according Newsday, the local newspaper.

But they did – by a count of 467 to 40.

“Voting makes me feel like we’re at a real election,” said 10-year-old Jalen Robinson, an Obama Elementary student and an Obama supporter, in an interview with Newsday reporter Lauren Harrison.

In case you were wondering, there is a Romney Elementary School – and a Romney Middle School – in Romney, West Virginia.

But at press time, we had no results from any mock elections at either of those schools.

If you have the results, please let us know.