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Clinton Wins High School Mock Election

Hillary Clinton Easily Wins Mock Election Among High School Students

Democrat Hillary Clinton swept the votes among Kalamazoo area high schoolers — weeks before the general election.

In a mock election organized by the League of Women Voters of Kalamazoo, juniors and seniors at Kalamazoo Central, Loy Norrix and Phoenix high schools and the KRESA Young Adult Program overwhelmingly favored Clinton over her challenger Donald Trump, taking 695 of the votes over his 170 votes. Third party candidates earned 181 votes total.

In the Sixth Congressional district, Democratic challenger Paul Clements handily beat Republican Congressman Fred Upton by a vote of 559 to 347.

Early in October, representatives League of Women Voters visited with juniors and seniors at each school to talk about voting and this year’s presidential election. They also registered eligible student voters. On Oct. 18, the League volunteers returned for a special mock election, using ballots printed and voting tabulators through a collaboration with the Kalamazoo City and County clerk’s offices.

The mock election results were announced at a press conference at the KPS Administration Building on Oct. 27.

Kalamazoo Central senior Nathan Scholten, said he appreciated the opportunity to volunteer as a “poll worker” on election day at the school and to fill out a ballot and to practice voting, which will come in handy when he turns 18.

Fellow Kalamazoo Central senior Victoria Minka added, “We’re inheriting this country later on. I think it’s important to see where the next generation is looking and where we want to make changes.”

Phoenix junior Nick Latrell said that he didn’t realize a ballot would encompass so many different races, but what he appreciated the most was learning some of the history behind voting. “We learned a lot about the candidates, but not just about the candidates. We learned about females and African Americans and voting rights and that whole educational piece was good.”

The League of Women Voters implemented the Voter Education Project in 2008 and repeated it in 2012 and 2014. The program is a collaboration between Kalamazoo City Clerk's Office, Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, Michigan Election Resources, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Kalamazoo Public Schools and the League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area.

Jennie Hill with the League of Women Voters went over the importance of voting with the students at their first meetings, saying, “Without your vote, your voice will not be heard.”

Hill and fellow LWV volunteer Chris Kuthe told the students that before the mock election — and any election — voters should educate themselves on the candidates and the issues. They urged them to look at nonpartisan election sites such as vote411.org and factcheck.org, and also said they could visit partisan information sites such as the candidates own websites.

Cutlines:

Alina Offerman fills out her ballot at Loy Norrix High School as part of a voting project created by the League of Women Voters.

Artevian Woodson-Brooks feeds his ballot into the ballot box at Loy Norrix High School's mock presidential election.

Alex Smith shows off his "I Voted" sticker after casting his ballot in the mock presidential election at Loy Norrix High School.

The Loy Norrix High School back gymnasium was transformed into a polling place for the League of Women Voters' mock presidential election on Oct. 18.
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