Over the last week, 241 Chase Street students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in a mock election in the library to determine our school’s choice for the next President of the United States.

Before voting, students used various videos, websites, and interactive activities to learn about the election process, about how candidates campaign for votes, and about the the two main candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Governor Mitt Romney.

To make the process as similar as possible to adults’ experiences on election day, students waited in line to cast their votes via a secret computer ballot, and they were not allowed to campaign or discuss the candidates in line.

Students used this ballot (created with Google Forms) to cast their votes.

So, which candidate was our students’ choice for President?

CSE mock election results, based on the votes of 241 students in 2nd-5th grades

President Barack Obama won with 215 votes (89.2%), with Governor Mitt Romney earning 26 votes (10.8%).

Students in PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade also learned about Election Day in the library last week but did not vote in the mock election. (Just like in real life, there was an age limit so that eligible voters could hopefully be as informed as possible before casting their ballots. :))

Did I share with students which candidate will get my vote on Election Day tomorrow?

No, because I wanted students to form their own opinions without being swayed by my own. (But, from students’ comments and questions during our Election Day lessons, I could tell that many of them had, as you would expect, been influenced by the ideology of their parents or other adult role models.)

Chandler and Zumer were so interested in this year’s election that both of them decided to write about it on the 5th grade blog. Click their names to visit their posts!

Here’s a quick rundown of how each grade level prepared for Election Day:

  • PreK read Doreen Cronin’s Duck for President:
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  • Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade read and watched videos about the election process using Scholastic’s digital editions of Let’s Find Out and Scholastic News magazines
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Barack Obama won the Presidential race in several other mock elections around the nation, including the Scholastic Student Vote and Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President.

Many other schools have held their own mock elections–check out these schools’ voting on Google News.

Who will win in the real election? It’s a close race! We will have to wait until all the votes are turned in tomorrow on Election Day to find out. (Or longer, in the case of a tie or a recount.) Watch the news tomorrow night and see our representative democracy in action.

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