Students Urged to Exercise Their Voting Rights


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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Emma Lipe, Life Editor

While millions of Americans rushed the polls on Nov. 8, EHS students got to participate in their own mock election.

Teachers carved out a few minutes of their first hours for their students to log on to TallySpace using their phones or a computer, regardless of the students’ eligibility to vote in the real election.

Students had all four presidential candidates to choose from: Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“It’s a tradition to (hold a mock election) in the schools,” social studies teacher Ms. Hicks said. “It’s nice for everyone, especially the younger kids, to know what it’s like to vote.”

Some students, like senior Matthew Gregor, kept their votes lighthearted.

“(Clinton) is like the aunt you don’t want to see at Thanksgiving,” he said.

Needless to say, Gregor voted for Trump.

Other students didn’t take the mock election lightly.

Brothers senior Sid and junior Ian McClean also chose Trump, but not because Clinton resembled a least favorite aunt. They chose the candidate whose values were most aligned with their own.

“He’s more conservative than Clinton,” Sid said. “I’m very conservative. Trump is much more relatable; Hillary is out of touch with reality.”

However, Sid acknowledged that he doesn’t think Trump is the candidate who would do most for women.

“But I believe he will treat everyone pretty equally,” he said.

Freshman Muriel Brown didn’t find herself aboard the “Trump Train.” She likes where Clinton stands on healthcare, education, clean energy and workplace equality.

“I feel like Trump’s policies question rights that have already been established, and that does not appeal to me in any way,” Brown said.

Senior Hannah Nafziger agreed.

“She has worked as a public servant for decades and while some people dislike that she is a career politician, I believe that this gives her the experience and knowledge necessary to run our nation,” Nafziger said. “I’m with her.”

Still, Trump won the mock election.