Clinton favored in Harris mock election


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Ryan Watkins, a fourth-grader at Harris Elementary, casts her vote for president of the United States in a lesson on how government works.


Slipping squares of paper into a star-spangled voting box Tuesday, kids at Harris Elementary elected Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States.

The Democratic candidate won 352 to 186 over Republican candidate Donald Trump in the mock election, held to teach third- and fourth-graders about voting.

Those figures add up to 538, the number of members in the Electoral College.

“Look, I can get 38 by clicking on Texas,” said student Ivana Odafe, clicking on an iPad app to learn about how many electoral seats are apportioned to each state. She quickly gathered that California, Texas, and New York are the powerhouses when it comes to the all-important electoral seats, with Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan also playing crucial roles in the selection of a president.

Teacher Megan Kalchert said her students studied the election process in class, making posters that compared the parties, others urging voters to go to the polls, and also talked about how to make informed choices.

During the school day Tuesday, kids deepened their studies by watching states turn blue and red on a map at the front of the class. The color-coding matched election projections based on exit polling nationwide.

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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Ryan Watkins, a fourth-grader at Harris Elementary, casts her vote for president of the United States in a lesson on how government works.

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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Ryan Watkins, a fourth-grader at Harris Elementary, casts her vote for president of the United States in a lesson on how government works.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com