Biden wins in high school mock elections

Published on Monday, 2 November 2020 17:00
Written by SUSAN CORICA

@coricaBP

The completely unofficial results of two sets of high school mock elections are in, and the winning ticket in both is: Biden/Harris.

Terryville High School held its own mock election last week, with students in every grade who wished to participate voting in their social studies classes.

“They were given sample ballots from the registrars of voters and instructed on the procedure, since they are first time voters,” said Robert Nave, THS Social Studies Department coordinator.

Then they came to Nave’s classroom to slide their ballots into a cardboard box set up to simulate the optical scan voting machines.

“They stayed socially distant while waiting their turn, then they had to give me their name and I checked them off, very much like at the voting precinct,” Nave said, noting that students who were doing distance learning at home that day got to mail their ballots in. “I did have to disqualify 10 ballots because students did not fill them out appropriately. They voted for multiple candidates for the same office, even though they were instructed on what to do. But we did have about 230 kids participating, in school have just over 300 students, so we had a pretty good turnout,” he said.

The mock election results could be somewhat predictive of how the students’ parents will vote, but many of them are old enough to have their own opinions, he added.

Nave runs the mock election every presidential year. “In the off years, with just the local races, the students do not vote but we review the process with them. It’s just once every four years they go through the actual voting process, so every kid will get a chance to cycle through it in their four years here.”

The results for the THS mock election were:

President:

Democratic Party, Biden/Harris: 113.

Republican Party, Trump/Pence: 108.

Libertarian Party, Jorgensen/Cohen: 4.

Green Party, Hawkins/Walker: 4.

Write In Votes: Kanye West: 2. Danny DeVito: 1.

U.S. House of Representatives:

Democratic Party, Hayes: 124.

Republican Party, Sullivan: 79.

Independent Party, Walczak: 17.

State Senator:

Democratic Party, Fortier: 86.

Republican Party, Martin: 131.

State House of Representatives:

Republican Party, Betts: 109.

Independent Party, Abrams: 85.

Judge of Probate:

Democratic Party, Kilbourne: 92.

Republican Party, Hamzy: 123.

THS was also one of 48 high school districts across the state that participated in the 2020 Connecticut Student Mock Election, conducted by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysewicz and state Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as a nonpartisan, educational program designed to encourage youth to become active voters once they are old enough to vote. Bristol also participated.

The voter education program was the first of its kind provided by the state. From Oct. 19 to Oct. 30, a total of 3,056 students in 11th and 12th grades had the opportunity to vote online for the presidential candidates. Approximately 70% of them went for the Democratic ticket, with 26% going for the Republican ticket, and the Libertarian and Green candidates getting about 2% each.

The results were broken down by district rather than by high school.

For Bristol the results were:

Democratic Party, Biden/Harris: 23.

Republican Party, Trump/Pence: 4.

Libertarian Party, Jorgensen/Cohen: 1.

Green Party: Hawkins/Walker: 1.

For Plymouth the results were:

Democratic Party, Biden/Harris: 52.

Republican Party, Trump/Pence: 43.

Libertarian Party, Jorgensen/Cohen: 3.

Green Party, Hawkins/Walker: 1.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Monday, 2 November 2020 17:00. Updated: Monday, 2 November 2020 17:03.