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Students try their hands at the vote

first_imgAcross Clark County, students have been getting hands-on civics lessons by casting their votes in mock elections.Here’s a sampling of what’s going on as the next generation of voters prepares for Election Day 2012.• Secretary of State’s OfficeSome 2,011 Clark County students cast ballots in a statewide student mock election run by the Secretary of State Elections Division. Of those students, 563 were kindergarten through fifth grade and 1,448 were sixth-12th graders.Clark County student voters favored Democratic candidates, but by a smaller margin than their peers statewide.The Obama/Biden ticket received 63.11 percent of the Clark County vote to 36.89 percent for the Romney/Ryan ticket.In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Jay Inslee received 54.68 percent of the votes to Republican Rob McKenna’s 45.32 percent. Initiative Measure 1240, concerning the creation of a public charter school system, was approved with 50.21 percent of the vote.Results were tallied Nov. 2.Statewide, 38,848 students participated in the mock election, more than double the 18,000 who participated in 2008.On the Web: http://sos.wa.gov/elections/mock • Votes 2012: Evergreen High SchoolEvergreen High School was the Washington public school selected to participate in Votes 2012, a national mock presidential election in which 60,000 students — from one public school and one private school in each state — cast ballots.Civics teacher Patti McMaster, who led Evergreen’s program, said 1,160 students took part locally. The results of the mock election will be announced Sunday.Student assignments included volunteering five hours to a political campaign and analyzing political commercials to learn to “cut through the junk to determine where candidates stand on issues and how that aligns with what students believe,” McMaster said.last_img read more