PROSPERITY — Students at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School conducted a vote for president on Nov. 7, prior to the official Election Day.
The students had an opportunity to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump by way of a paper ballot. Each student was given a personal registration card that they had to sign and present to the polling personnel to vote.
Any student that could not provide their voter registration card was not permitted to vote. After voting, each student was given an official “I VOTED” sticker. The polls were manned by selected students from the fifth grade classes.
The results of the vote favored Donald Trump with 54 percent and Hillary Clinton with 46 percent.
“The students were very excited to be able to exercise their constitutional rights just as they would for real when they are of voting age. Listening to their conversations was very revealing that many of them, regardless of their age, do pay attention to the news and to the views of influential adults in their lives.” said Timothy Lyden, principal at Prosperity-Rikard. “These social obligations are important for our students to learn as they grow into the leaders in our community for the future.”
It was an exciting day for students to exercise their democratic responsibilities as voters, even if their vote does not officially count for a few more years.