November 05, 2012
More than 200 fourth, fifth and sixth grade New Hampshire students participated in a mock election at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College on Nov. 5.
Students elected Barack Obama for President, Maggie Hassan for New Hampshire Governor, Carol Shea-Porter for first congressional district of the U.S. House of Representatives and Annie Kuster for the second congressional district of the U.S. House of Representatives as part of Kids Voting USA.
Students were joined by Governor John Lynch and Secretary of state Bill Gardner who spoke about the importance of voting, talked about what qualities are important in a candidate and why New Hampshire is unique. WMUR-TV's Tom Griffith emceed the event.
Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen also made brief appearances throughout the morning.
Four area schools were in attendance and included Green Valley School in Pembroke, St. Francis School in Litchfield, New Searles School in Nashua, and Bicentennial Elementary also in Nashua.
Students also participated in voting games, presidential trivia and a change-chain activity that will connect their wishes for the next United States President.
During the month of October and ending on Nov. 6, the Institute assisted over 40 NH schools, 7000 students (K-12) with a remote mock election using DoubleClick Democracy, an online voting service hosted by Kids Voting USA.
Results of this mock-voting exercise for the offices of President, Governor, and U.S. House of Representatives will be available on Nov. 7.