A controlled but eager crowd at the Villa Theater Precinct
On Tuesday, November 6th, students in Grades 3-8 had an opportunity to “vote” for the next President of the United States and the Governor of Washington State. In addition to voting for their favorite candidates, students voted on a referendum to extend the school year in Washington State to 200 school days.
The process began two weeks prior when students were encouraged to register to vote. During lunch recess, fifth grade students were on hand to help with the registration process. A week later, all registered voters were added to a “voter signature” sheet and received a voter registration card, which identified their voting precinct.
On the day of the election, the precincts were set up in the theater and 5th grade students were stationed at the sign-in tables. After signing in, students received their ballot, voted and placed their ballots in ballot boxes for safe-keeping. Later in the day, all of the 5th grade students gathered to tabulate the vote.
After all the votes had been counted, the Villa students had elected President Barack Obama (59.6% of the total vote). Rob McKenna was elected the next governor (53% of the vote). Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift were write-in candidates on some ballots.
The referendum to extend the school year to 200 days was overwhelmingly defeated with an 85% “NO” vote! No surprises there!! After the counting was completed, results were announced the to the entire school.
Looking back at the process, we were able to generate some additional statistics. There were 219 students eligible to register to vote. Of those, a total of 98 (44.7 %) registered. Of all students registered to vote, 90 (92%) students voted in the election. Overall, 41% of the total eligible population exercised their right to vote!
God Bless America!