Students Vote for Next President

By: Alex Denis
By: Alex Denis

Registered voters aren't the only one's who cast ballots today. Students in Okaloosa County got involved in the Democratic process using an Internet program called "Teens Vote Too."

Even though their votes won't count in the real election, the students couldn't wait to turn in their ballots.

Students at Ft. Walton Beach High School got one last chance to campaign for their favorite candidate before heading to the polls.

"Teens Vote Too," a national campaign that helps reinforce a lifelong interest in voting, originated in 2006. "Kids Vote Too" is the elementary and middle school version of the program that started in Okaloosa County 10 years ago.

The national programs are designed to instill a sense of pride in young students so they'll build a lifelong interest and habit in voting.

Alexis Tibbetts, Okaloosa County Superintendent, said, "We are so blessed and so fortunate that everyone can participate in our Democratic way of life and we want our children to know that we encourage them to participate in that as adults."

Caroline Hudson serves as the president for the Uoung Democrats Club. Even though a majority of her peers aren't old enough to vote, Hudson says they've taken an interest in the election.

Caroline Hudson, a 10th grade voter, said, "I woke up this morning and I was like, mom, I'm so excited it's election day because this election, no matter who wins, it's going to make history."

High schoolers aren't the only ones excited about voting. Students in this second grade class say they've done their homework and know exactly who they want to vote for.

Tyler Kersanac, a 2nd grade voter, said, "My dad and my mom is going for John McCain, and me and him both like tacos."

Jackson Cooper, a 4th grade voter, added, "My mom calls me her little politician because I watch the debates on TV and I'm really into that stuff."

Other students voted for Senator Obama.

Skylar Berrett, a 4th grade voter, said, "Because he cares about the environment and wants to stop war."

But all young voters say it doesn't matter who you vote for, as long as you vote.

Abby Tucker, a 4th grade voter, said, "It's important for people to vote because it gives them a chance to select the leader of their country and that makes America a free country."

The students’ votes will be tallied tonight and announced tomorrow at school.

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