DeSoto West Middle School Students Vote In Mock Presidential Election

Students at West MS participated in the Every Kid Votes online activity.

DeSoto Students Participate In Every Kid Votes Campaign

DESOTO—” … and a little child shall lead them.”

It’s not just adults lining up at Disciple Central Community Church who are voting early. Tuesday, more than 700,00 children led the way in the largest student mock presidential election in history.

In partnership with Studies Weekly’s Every Kid Votes project, DeSoto West Middle School students went to the ‘polls’ and ‘voted’ for the next President of the United States.

Every Kid Votes! has integrated learning objectives that align with social studies, English Language Arts standards, and critical thinking.

For the past few weeks, West Middle School students have studied the electoral college process, voting, government and civic responsibilities. Instructors utilized online lesson plans, videos, games, quizzes, related media and more. On November 1, they joined students across the country in casting votes for the president.

West Middle School student receives 'I Voted' sticker after casting online ballot.
West Middle School student receives ‘I Voted’ sticker after casting online ballot.

“I thought it was important to have the students be involved with voting because this is such an important civic responsibility,” stated Dawn Miller, West MS International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Coordinator. “I believe through this mock election they can model for their family members how important it is to be registered and to vote. It’s an excellent life lesson and a great lesson in global responsibility.”

Students registered their vote for one of the four presidential candidates using the online system from Every Kid Votes! When finished, the students received an I Voted! sticker that they wore the remainder of the day.

Classroom diagram explains electoral college results of 2012.
Classroom diagram explains electoral college results of 2012.

The Election Results

Nationwide voting ends on November 4, 2016.

So far in the Mock 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections students chose Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Commander-In-Chief. Clinton received 367 Electoral Votes to Donald Trumps’ 165 votes. Candidates need 270 electoral votes to win.

The popular vote was a little closer. By press time 350,298 (48.4%) of students voted for Clinton and 265,854 (36.7%) put their faith in Trump. Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein both got about 53,60(7.4%) respectively.

According to the Every Kid Votes! website, students have accurately selected the president for the last three elections!