SHERMAN, Tex. ― With the election one week away people have been already been standing in long lines to vote early, and there are many who are still waiting to cast their ballot on November 4, but one group of underage voters says they want their voices to be heard, too. Rita Kotey explains.
These voters are not even out of elementary school yet. Instead of taking naps and playing with toys, they took the time to show us who they think should run the country.
You wouldn’t think that children under the age of ten would even be interested in politics but some local students say...
…should be president.
Students at Fairview Elementary School in Sherman cast their ballots Tuesday in a national mock election that took them through the process of voting.
"We started at the very beginning, and everyone had to register to vote, and then they turned in their registration forms to me, and we made them little voter registration cards and passed those out, and they had to present them today in order to vote," school counselor Teresa Littlefield says.
Littlefield says students were very excited to be able to do something that, according to the law, only their parents can do.
"It gives them an idea of what the real process is like, and just the excitement of the kids has just bubbled over into the adults."
Littlefield also says that voting makes the kids feel like they have a say in what goes on in our government, and she hopes that those who are eligible to vote take a lesson from these young students.
"We’re sending them home with the ‘I voted’ stickers. I’m hoping that will encourage their parents to get out and vote in the presidential election."
Littlefield says that the results of the mock election will be entered into a national database along with that of students all over the U.S. Then, a president elected by the children, will be announced.