Elementary students at A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans got a taste of what elections are all about as they cast their votes today in mock elections.
Deborah Conti, an advisor to the A.W. Becker student council, was happy to see students actively participating in the election. “It’s good for students to understand what the democratic process is like and to hopefully motivate them to engage in it as they become older,” Conti said.
Students had the opportunity to learn about the presidential candidates and their platforms. In order to vote, they then needed to present their voter registration card before receiving a ballot.
The young voters say learning the election process and having a say in the outcome of an election was exciting.
“You should be able to put your say in, because you can change the President,” Pieter B.
Coeymans fifth-grader Owen Moore said.
Shattarah Chislom, a fourth-grader at A.W. Becker, was happy to vote in the mock election and recognized that she and her classmates are too young to vote in the national election.
“I liked voting at school because we can’t vote in the real election until we are 18,” Chislom said after she cast her vote. “My favorite part has been watching the news and trying to figure out who will win.”
Votes will be tallied and the winners announced at the end of the day.