Students Hold Mock Election

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

As the election draws closer, officials with the Secretary of State's Office are holding mock elections at high schools across Kentucky.

For students at Prestonsburg High School, it is an inside look at the voting process.

“I think that it's really good that me and a lot of other kids that can't vote yet, could actually participate this year,” said Senior Leslie Bentley.

With the help of the Secretary of State's Office, all students cast votes in a mock election, getting a chance to voice their opinions.

“It's a good reflection of what's being discussed at the dinner table and at night while you're watching the news. It sort of shows what parents and children are talking about,” said Derek Hall with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Global issues teacher Phillip Price says showing students how easy the process is will encourage participation in the future.

“If they get used to voting in high school, then once they get out in to the adult society, then they will continue that,” said Price.

For students already registered, they hope the mock vote will get their friends who are not, excited for the next time around.

“I think so. They're going to understand that they're eventually going to be able to have a choice in what the future will be,” said Senior Jackson Osborne.

“It's really important for the young people to vote now, because they are the voice of America later,” said Senior Laura Absher.

It is a message she hopes other students understand.

As for the results of their election, it was close. The Democrats won both the Presidential and U.S. Senate races. McCain and Palin received 222 votes while Obama and Biden received 244. Mitch McConnell got 228 and Bruce Lunsford 252 votes.


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