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York High School Students Vote for President; And the Winner Is ...

League of Women Voters and York's Social Studies Department sponsor mock election.

As the United States prepares to elect a president and other public officials on Tuesday, Nov. 6, students and teachers in 18 high schools in DuPage County, including York High School, participated in mock elections during the first week of October.

Thanks to a grant from the DuPage Election Commission, students were able to vote on the actual voting machines, ballots and vote tabulators used in polling places. 

A total of 1,679 York students from 63 social studies classes participated in the mock election Oct. 3, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the York Social Studies Department. According to official results, President Barack Obama won re-election with 896 votes. Mitt Romney garnered 544 votes, Gary Johnson got 67, Jill Stein got 81, and write-in candidates received a total of 91.

Democratic incumbent Mike Quigley won in the 5th Congressional District with 829 votes to Republican challenger Dan Schmitt's 588.

On the DuPage County Advisory referendum, which reads: Should Illinois law permit an individual to hold two or more public elected offices simultaneously?" 1,095 students voted no, and 553 voted yes.

The Elmhurst referendum on dual-elected duty was not included in the mock election, nor were state Senate, state House or DuPage County races.

“We have a long history of community involvement and leadership, including nonpartisan election activities, such as sponsoring candidate debates and town hall meetings on important public issues,” said Jan Dorner, president of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. "Our work with high schools and elementary schools in organizing mock elections is a particularly rewarding experience."

Social studies teachers worked closely with League representatives to maximize student participation. Students experienced the entire voting process, from registering to vote to casting ballots. Students who turn 18 by the date of the election will be eligible to register and vote on Nov. 6. 

Joe O'Malley October 08, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Although a great exercise in civic duty for students, it's no surprise that the results of the mock presidential election turned out as indicated. Especially when the majority of the electorate glean their information from pop culture and are highly adverse to social rejection. A more interesting mock election would be to determine the anonymous political leanings of union teachers, union staff, the administrative personnel food chain and the school board. Also, are the social study teachers cited in the article, liberal or conservative?
Becki Benson October 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
God forbid we think these kids have the capacity to research issues and think for themselves...
Bob Howard October 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
great work by the league in setting this up ... and trust me, our kids are WAY smarter than we give them credit for !
Anna Marks October 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Gary Johnson vs the zombies: http://ow.ly/e5bCw
Tom Macchione October 11, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The results of this mock election is a prime example that the curriculum in our school system has failed. There apparently is no education on the merits of capitalism and economics. The results are apparently the product of the "Idol" process of picking the winner. I think it is quite pathetic that my tax dollars are going to fund this inferior system.
Margaret October 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Agree with great work by the League and after having hearing some of so-called "adults" give their views this election season, I agree that the kids may be way smarter than we give them credit for. I have been totally dismayed at comments made by those adults who are now being termed "low-information" voters. They know so little about the U.S. Constitution, our system of government, and current affairs. "Low-information" is being charitable, "mis-information" voters would be more accurate. Again, great job League, and great job students who are the future of this country. Study history, study government, and use your critical thinking skills, and you and the US will be all right in the future.
Dave October 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Well, you have to realize these students are new to politics and inexperienced in life. Heck, when I was in college, I supported McGovern and then Carter. Later, I became an adult . . . . .

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