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ASD students re-elect Obama in Youth Vote

Michelle Theriault Boots
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Eighth grade election worker Jamonika Gibbs helps 6th grader Bryce Carter log in for a Youth Vote at Begich Middle School on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Eighth grade election worker Jamonika Gibbs helps 6th grader Bryce Carter log in for a Youth Vote at Begich Middle School on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth
Students at Begich Middle School participate in a Youth Vote on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The school created a precinct environment for classes to stop by and let students vote in the presidential race, the congressional race, and on two ballot measures. One of the ballot measures created specifically for Youth Vote asked whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for state elections. Statistics support that mock elections like Youth Vote lead to a higher percentage of adult voters and that Youth Vote participants influence their parents to get out and vote.
Bill Roth

Anchorage School District students re-elected Barack Obama as president in the district's mock voting exercise Tuesday.

Some 57.1 percent of the 14,230 elementary, middle and high school students participating voted for the incumbent presidential candidate with 36.4 percent casting a ballot for challenger Mitt Romney.

In other races and ballot measures ASD students voted for Republican Don Young over Democrat Sharon Cissna in the race for U.S. Representative (61.5 percent to 25.5 percent) and for a new constitutional convention (52.5 percent to 47.4 percent).

Fifty-one percent of participating students voted yes on a special question asking whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 for local elections.

Youth Vote is meant to encourage students to become engaged citizens, according to ASD spokeswoman Heidi Embley.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.

 

 

 


By MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
mtheriault@adn.com