Mock Elections Promote Good Citizenship Across the District
Mock Election events were held across the district on Election Day, November 6, 2012. Students age four to age 18 experienced the election process first hand with mock election events.
At Fair Park Early Childhood Center four-year-olds used ballots and voting booths to vote for candidates Pete the Cat or Clifford the Big Red Dog.
At Franklin Elementary third grade teacher, Tammy Smith, set up electronic voting for third, fourth and fifth graders through nationalmockelection.org. In preparation for voting students watched presidential debates, discussed key issues and studied district-level candidate platforms.
Jefferson Elementary students also got in on the action. According to Principal Roberta Mannon, of the nearly 300 votes cast, 79% went to Barack Obama and 21% were cast in favor of Mitt Romney.
At Horace Mann Magnet Middle School it was a particularly exciting scene at the Media Center turned voting precinct when Secretary of State Mark Martin came to Mann and spoke to a group of students. A Mann parent converted the Media Center into a voting precinct with private voting booths and patriotic decorations. EAST lab students created signs about the candidates and posted them around the campus. Students were encouraged to research, read and watch debates in order to make well-informed decisions about the candidates.
In the days leading up to Election Day, Mrs. Norma Johnson, Zone 1 School Board member, came and visited with students. Twenty-five parents at the school volunteered throughout the day encouraging students and helping them through the process.
Voting results were submitted to the Arkansas Secretary of State and the National Mock Election Commission. President Obama was re-elected by a wide margin in the National Mock Election with 460 electoral votes. The state of Arkansas results gave Obama 52.7% and Romney 42.3% of the vote in the mock election.