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November 05, 2008

Vermont Students Vote Obama For President and Douglas For Governor In Statewide Mock Election

Montpelier. Presidential candidate Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidate Jim Douglas were the students' choices in this year’s Vermont Votes for Kids mock election. Barack Obama was the favorite for president, receiving approximately 72 percent of the students’ vote. John McCain received 24 percent. The remaining candidates received four percent of the votes cast.

In the governor’s race Jim Douglas won with 51 percent of the vote. Gaye Symington received 21 percent, with Anthony Pollina receiving 15 percent of the student vote.

This year over 300 Vermont schools participated in Vermont Votes for Kids activities with 35,000 students casting mock ballots. A centerpiece of this year’s Vermont Votes for Kids program was Democracy in Action, a six week Newspaper in Education Series on voting and democracy which was used in classrooms across Vermont. Democracy in Action was developed by Vermont Votes for Kids in partnership with the Burlington Free Press. 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.

Look for our sixth and final Democracy in Action page in daily newspapers across the state this Thursday and Friday. Detailed results from 30 schools, as well as final voting percentages for the major races, will be included. Complete results by school will be available on www.VermontVotesForKids.com on Wednesday afternoon.

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 Missy Shea at 802-828-1296.

View the 2008 Mock Election Results on our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/kids/vtvotes/2008_Mock_Election_Results.pdf

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: November 05, 2008 15:16:10