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Area schools hold mock elections to teach students about voting

Updated at 5:55 PM CST:  Carl Junction schools also held their own mock election today.  Students there chose Mitt Romney for President with 726 votes, compared to 341 votes for President Obama.  That was with 5 of 7 buildings reporting.

On a side note, Ms. Howard's class also voted for their favorite pet.  Hamster won.

Posted November 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM CST:  While adults 18 and up head to the polls kids in Joplin have the same opportunity.

The second grade students at Kelsey Norman Elementary School helped organize this years presidential election, by setting up a voting booth, ballot box and even their own registration cards.    Around 270 staff and students from all grades voted.

"We had them talk to their parents and ask their parents 'who should I vote for?' and talk to their candidates about who they're going to vote for so that they have the same value system," says Kolette Bartley, the second grade teacher and election organizer.  "We do not want this opportunity to go by without teaching these kids as much as we can about the process."

"I think it's cool for us to have our own voice when we are so little and it's fun to be able to vote," says Jenna Gardner.

This is Gardner's second time getting a ballot and casting her vote at the school.

"The second graders are doing a great job running it," says Gardner.  "They're very cute.  I think it's cool how we get our own stickers like you would when you go and vote, and you get to have privacy when you vote, it's a really cool thing."

Bartley says she is anxious to see if their results match the real ones.

"All of our votes did not go for the president - the majority went for the opponent, but hopefully this year we will be on the right track and who we vote for and who wins will be our president at Kelsey Norman," says Bartley.

"I voted for Mitt Romney," says Gardner.  "I watch a lot of the debates and I think he, I liked him."

"I chose Obama because I voted for him," says Massimo Lolley.

"I voted for Mitt Romney because I like his smile, that's one thing, my sisters like him, my mom keeps talking about him and my dad is just all like 'yeah, he's pretty good' so I'm like, 'well I guess so,'" says Caleb Cook.

Bartley says the school has their own election so that kids can understand, appreciate and enjoy the process, something Gardner and the rest of the school, enjoyed doing.

"When little kids get the chance to vote it makes them feel so special and I know they take it really seriously," says Gardner.

At Kelsey Norman, Romney won 145 to 101.

Eastmoreland Elementary also held a mock election, with Obama winning there.

And at Irvine Elementary, one second grade class chose Obama, while the other second grade class chose Romney.

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