Central Ohio Students Go To The Polls

Kids Voting of Central Ohio conducts 14th mock election. The process helps students better understand the electoral process.
Kids Voting of Central Ohio conducts 14th mock election. The process helps students better understand the electoral process.

Voters are taking advantage of casting ballots early this week. And so are a lot of kids throughout Central Ohio. WOSU reports the mock election is helping young people better understand the electoral process.

A Centennial High School teacher hands a sophomore an “I Voted” sticker, as if the student were at a real polling place.

Thousands of Central Ohio students are taking part in the 14th mock election sponsored by Kids Voting of Central Ohio.

Students vote on computers. And the ballots look real. Students “decide” the presidential race, down ticket races, state issues, and local levies.

Centennial senior Joslyn Brooks comes from a politically divided family. Brooks voted for President Obama. And she learned something new.

“I didn’t realize you always voted for the sheriff and stuff like that,” Brooks said. “So there were some things that I didn’t know that I didn’t vote for because I didn’t really know who was running.”

Although it’s a mock election, classmate Conrad Stephens took is seriously and has real concerns. The high school senior worries about fewer college tuition assistance options next year.

“I might not go to college if that happens,” Stephens said.

Kids Voting of Central Ohio results will be released after November 6. But two national student vote polls show kids re-electing Mr. Obama.

The Scholastic Student Vote, which has been polling students every presidential election since 1940, has differed from the actual election outcome only twice.

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