• Learn how they voted in announcement this week
Homer Tribune staff
Homer Middle School students cast their ballots in eighth grade U.S. History class as part of an “Electing the President” simulation.
“We borrowed several voting booths from City Hall and students were able to cast votes for their candidates,” said history teacher Holly Alston. “It was a great experience for all students.”
History teachers Suzanne Haines and Darcy Mueller also had students participating.
Students were placed into two separate parties, the “Do Right” party and the “Fair and Square party.” Each party had a candidate for president (primary election) and the presidential candidates chose their vice presidential candidates.
All candidates prepared speeches based on general platforms of main political issues. At this point, the rest of the students in the class represented individual voters. Candidates gave speeches and students were able to ask questions.
The next day, students voted on ballots with the candidates from each party listed.
“One student in each class was the clerk who had voters sign in and then handed out ballots,” Alston said. “Students voted for the popular vote, and also cast their electoral votes for states they represented. We tallied up the popular votes and the electoral votes after school, and shared the results for each class. The candidate with at least 270 electoral votes in each class won the election.”
Some 80 eighth grade students participated in the election simulation. Students also cast votes for the real presidential election on Tuesday, and ballots will tally the popular votes together to have one whole result for all of eighth grade.
“We will compare and discuss our eighth grade election results with the national results on Wednesday and the local Homer results, too, when the newspaper publishes them,” Alston said.
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