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November 04, 2010

Vermont Students Vote Dubie for Governor in Statewide Mock Election

Unlike the adult voters, students favored Republican Brian Dubie in the governor’s race with Dubie receiving 50 percent of the vote and Democrat Peter Shumlin garnering 34.5 percent in this year’s initial results of the Vermont Votes for Kids mock election. Other gubernatorial candidates received a combined vote of 15.5 percent. In the lieutenant governor’s race, Phil Scott beat Steve Howard with 43 percent of the vote while Howard received 32.5 percent. The rest of the candidates combined received 24.5 percent of the vote.

Democrat Patrick Leahy was the favorite for the Senate, receiving approximately 52 percent of the students’ vote to 22 percent for Republican Len Britton. In the House race, Democrat Peter Welch was the clear winner with about 60 percent of the vote. Republican Paul Beaudry received 27 percent. Students overwhelmingly endorsed the constitutional amendment to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will be 18 for the general election, with over 85 percent voting yes.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, “We have been holding student mock elections since 2000 and we are always pleased with school participation across the state.” Markowitz visited the Lamoille Union Middle School last Monday to address students before their student council elections. Noting the exemplary speeches from student candidates, teacher Marc Gilbertson observed, “I'd say the students were not only inspired by Secretary Markowitz's visit, she challenged them to think not only about the nuts and bolts of elections but about voting rights. It is so great that we live in a state where the secretary of state can swing by our little middle school the day before the election. It was even more impressive that she was on her way to see Vice President Biden.”

Many Vermont schools participated in Vermont Votes for Kids activities with students casting mock ballots in both small and large schools. In partnership with daily newspapers throughout the state, the Secretary of State’s Office again offered Democracy in Action, a five week Newspapers-in-Education series on voting and democracy which was used in classrooms across Vermont. Through Vermont Votes for Kids, students participated in classroom lessons that included mock elections, monitoring election results, researching candidates and “registering” to vote for the election. Students then went to their local polling places to vote or cast a ballot in their classroom.

For detailed results from all schools, as well as final voting percentages for the major races, check for updates in the 2010 Mock Election Results on our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/kids/vtvotes/2010_Mock_Election_Results.pdf

Vermont Votes for Kids is a non-profit, non-partisan organization designed to increase voter turnout and create a better-informed electorate. For more information about Vermont Votes for Kids or with questions about this year’s mock election visit www.VermontVotesForKids.com or contact Olivia Gay at 802-828-1296.

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: November 04, 2010 16:27:18