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Government Class holds mock election

November 7, 2012

Voter Thomas Salentiny states his name to polling place officials during the Fulda High School mock election hosted by the Senior Government Class on Thursday, November 1st.  
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Voter Thomas Salentiny states his name to polling place officials during the Fulda High School mock election hosted by the Senior Government Class on Thursday, November 1st.
By Norma Dittman
With the first day of school, seniors in the Government Class at Fulda High School beganf learning about the 2012 election. On Thursday, they held a mock election in which President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term. During the past two months, the students, taught by FHS Principal Gregg Slaathaug, learned about the Republican, Democratic, and Independent Parties, the names of all the candidates, about the Minnesota District that they reside in and the candidates who are vying for state offices, as well as the Murray County and City of Fulda elected officials.

They also discussed amendments that would be part of the 2012 ballot. Research was done on the amendments and discussions ensued within the classroom.

As date for registering drew closer, class members held a voters registration for students in grade 7 - 12. Held during lunch hour, tables were set up outside of the FHS lunchroom where students would have easy access to register.

With more research and thought provoking questions asked by their teacher and peers, supporters of the three parties made posters promoting their candidates, their platforms and views. The posters were on display throughout the halls of FHS.

Finally, voting day arrived. It had been scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, as the school schedule included a Teacher’s Inservice Day for Monday, November 5th.

As the voters entered the polling place, they were asked to sign their name and were given a ballot. Voting took place in the west hallway of the school. But in room 215, other students waited for the ballots to be brought to them for counting.

Names were read and marks were made on the tally boards as other students watched the rapidly changing numbers.

“In the election years that our FHS students have been holding the mock election, which is now, 2010, 2008, and 2006, never once have they missed who would be elected president,” Mr. Slaathaug said.

When asked how much they believed their parents opinions influenced their own opinions, the students answered that the percentage would be very high. The said that their Government Class text book stated that one third of all high school students voted the same way their parents did.

Final results of the mock election showed that 62 percent of FHS students voted for Barack Obama as their president whereas only 37 percent voted for Mitt Romney.



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