Oct 25, 2012 7:30 PM by Kristen Holloway
Public and private schools across Louisiana have the option to participate in a Presidential Mock Elections. Northside High School held its first Mock Presidential Election today.
Civics Teacher Dainelle Daugereau, students call her Ms. Dee, was in charge of coordinating the event with the Civics Team.
Her goal? Help students learn the voting process.
"They will have a better understanding of this process so why not having elections during an election year. This would be really interesting and they would have a lot of fun with it," said Daugereau.
During the mock election, students vote for either President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney. They mark a check on their ballot, place it in ballot box and receive an "I voted" sticker.
"It gives everybody a chance to vote no matter what age they are. So I think its a good experience," said Seth Guillory a Senior at Northside High School.
"Today was fun and I can't wait till i'm old enough to vote," said Bethany Albert a Junior at Northside High School.
Ms. Dee says a few seniors, who can vote in the real election next month, were hesitant about the process. She hopes today's mock election makes them more comfortable come November 6th.
"I want them to rock the vote so whenever they turn 18 and they are able to vote in local elections and national elections and know that their vote does count," said Ms. Daugereau.
Ms. Dee says this is their first mock presidential election but she plans to continue every four years so students can understand the voting process.
404 students voted today. President Obama received 89% Governor Romney 11%.
So far 136 schools statewide have participated in mock presidential elections. As of today more than 21,000 Louisiana students have a better idea of the voting process.