Sherman elementary school kids hold their own presidential election

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...

"John McCain."


"John McCain."

…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.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    Just so you know I spoke with a student, and Obama won the election at the school. At least the local kids know who to vote for!
  • by Robert Location: Sherman on Nov 1, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Leroy, you just did.
  • by Reva50 Location: Ardmore on Oct 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    Thank you school and teachers for helping these students understand the election process. I am sure they will never forget the time they got to "vote" in the Presidential Election.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Oct 30, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. I happen to know for a fact that it all started with George Washington.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    Carter did get us in this up on your history you freakazoid liberals. BTW...I wonder which Bilderberg lost a bet on this election?!?!?
  • by elementary teacher Location: sherman on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    Y'all are completely missing the point! How about we congratulate the teachers for achieving their goal of educating the students about the voting process instead of turning this into another debate about the most qualified candidate? Of course the students voted for who their parents are going to vote for! They're all under the age of 10, I would expect and want them to still be influenced by their parents! And Kerry, what a ridiculous statement. I am not now, nor have I ever been a liberal. Teachers come in all persuasions, just like any other job, so please don't pass on your stereotypes to your children. I'm proud that the most relevant comment on this thread came from a SHS student. After the votes were counted, there was a difference of only 8 votes between the Republican and Democrat candidates. If you want to know who won, ask a Fairview student!
  • by U.R.N. Location: Idiot on Oct 29, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    Scott. How much since does your first comment make. Hopefully the kids of the future choose McCain and Palin. Shows how much common since is in the republicans here. Nothing against either party, but when the 8 and 9 year old kids of the future vote they might just pick McCain. Lets think about this.
  • by here Location: still here on Oct 29, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    that is so neat! i wish my school had done that! it brings the kids with a real understanding about their countrys history and how we change history!great job school!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    OMG. Did someone blame Jimmy Carter for our current problems? Congratulations! You are completely insane! Can I credit Nixon for the success of the Iraq troop surge?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    Um, Tony, that isn't the actual election, bud.
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