Local students take part in mock elections

spite being too young to vote, thousands of Hoosier students got in on the election day activities. WLFI/File Photo
spite being too young to vote, thousands of Hoosier students got in on the election day activities. WLFI/File Photo

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Despite being too young to vote, thousands of Hoosier students got in on Election Day activities.

“We wanted the students to have an authentic experience and so the social studies teachers here at Klondike, we got together and decided that we were going to have an actual election,” Klondike Middle School teacher Neil Radtke said.

Students waited in line at Klondike Tuesday morning to cast their vote in the mock election. Similar to the real thing, students had to register to vote well before Election Day.

Before heading to the voting booth, students were required to show school IDs and check in. Once at the booth, they were able to vote for president and governor.

“We understand that these students are ones that are going to go out in the world and I’m …  old and gone they’re gonna inherit it, and hopefully they’re gonna inherit a civic duty, a right in responsibility of citizenship here in America,” said Radtke. “It works when people vote. It works when people are involved.”

Eighth-grader Miranda Dunco said even though she’s too young to vote, she’s been keeping a close eye on the election.

“Even though these votes are not gonna count for the real election, we still have our voices heard,” Dunco said.

Klondike wasn’t the only school in on the action.

Students at Jefferson High School also held a mock election. They voted electronically for candidates in national, state and local races.

“My goal was to have an actual ballot as if a student who was living right around Jefferson High School would see it as they go to the polling place, so they do kind of get an authentic experience without really being 18 years old to vote,” Media specialist Christy Diehl said.

Along with voting in the mock election, Jeff senior Matt Bishop exercised his right to vote in the real election — for the first time.

“It’s a civic duty that you really need to do because for our democracy to work correctly, we need everybody that’s in this country, that’s legal to vote — to vote,” said Bishop.

As far as the results, Democrats took the majority at both schools.