“Manning the polls” this year were the Fourth Graders from our elementary school.
In preparation of the day, students created Obama/Romney posters that were to adorn the walls of the school or to be held by the campaigners during voting hours. Students at the “check in” table were given class lists and conducted the check in just like it would be done in an actual election. Instead of “Street Name”, the poll worker asked “Teacher’s Name” and then proceeded to cross off the voting child’s name.
Voters were handed a ballot then directed to the polling booths (desks with privacy screens).
|Voting in the Booth|
After choosing their candidate the voter then went to the “check out” station. Students processed the voter in the same manner as was done at the “check in”.
The most exciting moment came when the ballots were entered into the antique ballot box. This unique relic was once used for the town’s Precinct 6 many, many years ago. As each ballot was entered, poll workers cranked the handle. A distinctive “ding” alerted all that the ballot was officially entered!
|Ballot being Counted!|
At the end of the day, Poll workers tabulated the results. A total of 458 students and staff voted in the day’s event.
The final results announced at the end of the day:
264 votes for President Barak Obama and
221 votes for Mitt Romney
Our results were then added to the KidVote Result Google Doc. Schools from all 50 states are sending in their class/school results. We will review the information at the end of the week to compare our class/school with the rest of the United States.
This ‘election’ experience has given the students a better understanding of events that take place at the this special time of the year. Hoping that this experience will remain with them not only for the next four years but for many years to come!