By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The voting age is 18, but kids at Spaulding Elementary School say they wish it were lower. Casting ballots in their mock presidential election, these kids have a lot to say about the candidates, and the issues.
"I want a president who will keep his word and not lie to people," Natalie Stubbe a third grader at Spaulding Park Elementary said.
She's just a third grader at Spaulding Park Elementary, but Natalie Stubbe knows what she wants.
"I've never voted before because when I always used to listen to the news, and stuff, my parents always said you cannot vote until you're older and I'm like but I want to vote," Natalie Stubbe a third grader at Spaulding Park Elementary said.
Natalie, and nearly 600 of her classmates, got to cast ballots in a mock presidential election.
"We are trying to model the actual voting process as much as we can, to get them interested so they'll keep educated," Bonnie Forbes, Spaulding Park Elementary Media Specialist said.
To make the experience for these students as realistic as possible students were asked to register, before they proceeded to the computers and picked who they wanted for president.
"They're so excited and tell me, and sometimes tell me who they voted for and you can tell with the big grins that they like being involved in the voting process," Forbes said.
Some students say they prepared to vote by talking with their parents. That's how Ella Johnson made up her mind to vote for President Barack Obama.
"Because he's lost quite a few jobs in his first year, but he's gained more of those back," Ella Johnson a third grader said.
Ruby Dominick voted for Mitt Romney.
"My mom says that she thought Mitt Romney would be better for president," Dominick said.
Natalie says she's happy voting is over, because it wasn't an easy decision.
"I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure who was the best for me," Natalie Stubbe said.
Results at the end of school day show President Barack Obama beat Governor Romney by a landslide. 417, to 191. This is the first time Spaulding Park Elementary has held a mock election. School administrators say, if possible, they'd like to bring it back in 2016.
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