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Mock election teaches Conrad Weiser students importance of voting

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Nov 05 2012 06:15:14 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2012 06:17:10 PM CST

Students at Conrad Weiser High School cast their vote for president in a mock election on Monday.

HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

Students at Conrad Weiser High School cast their vote for president in a mock election on Monday.

"I'm excited about it. I wish I could vote," said Jodie Elmer, 17, a senior.

"I think it's good to have all of us high school kids get into the politics, learn and educate ourselves with what's going on in the country," said Garrett Plue, 16, a senior.

For years, the high school's social studies department has held mock elections. This year, students were casting their votes differently. The school did not use ballot boxes, but computers.

The high school's algorithmic club designed a database in which students would vote on a ballot and vote on referendum questions.

Developing this program took Matthew Rumph, a 17-year-old senior, more than 15 hours. When the 400 students stepped up to the computers, Rumph said they were asked multiple questions.

"You would input your grade, your gender, your race, things like that, and then you would vote, and there's a referendum question, issues that students feel are most important," said Rumph.

"It didn't just ask us who we would want for president. It asked some of the issues in our school that we would like fixed," said Kira Akana, 17, a senior.

The big talker among students was who will win the race for the White House. President Barack Obama beat former Gov. Mitt Romney by only 46 votes in the mock election.

No matter which way the dice fall on Tuesday, students said the presidential election will be an exciting one to watch.