Southern High School's Mock Election

Last Updated on Nov 14, 2016 at 2:23pm

Just like the American people have spoken, the citizens of Southern Garrett High School chose the next President of the United States in a Mock Election conducted the week prior to Election Day. Students voted by utilizing the SchoolNet assessment feature in PowerSchool. Computer labs and iPad carts were transformed into polling places where students could cast their votes. With 77% of the vote, the students chose Republican Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton garnered 10.7% of the vote, and Libertarian Gary Johnson garnered 9.6% of the vote. Green Party candidate Jill Stein was the choice of 2% of the student vote.

The congressional seats also went to Republicans Kathy Szeliga for the seat in the U.S. Senate and Amie Hoeber for the seat in the House of Representatives. Over 68% of the school population voted last week in the mock presidential election, which was higher than the 56.9% voter turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election.

The event was sponsored by the social studies department at the high school and Media Specialist John Coffman. A special thank you goes out to Steve Fratz from the Garrett County Board of Elections who donated "I Voted" stickers for the student voters. "It was a unique experience," freshman Kaelyn Glotfelty said. "I have never gotten to vote or see the voting process before. I will vote when I'm 18."

Southern High students at the Mock Election.

Pictured: freshmen Kaelyn Glotfelty, Wyatt Sweitzer, and Hannah Friend.
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