Education

Escambia County kids choose Obama

November 14, 2012

More than 6,500 students across the county, representing 15 schools, who cast votes online in this year’s election through a partnership with Kids Voting called “Double Click Democracy.”

“It is exciting to see students participating in the democratic process,” said Stafford. “Teachers and students get an opportunity to study civics in a real life situation and see how their votes stacked up against the voting public.”

The Escambia County Kids Voting results for President, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress are as follows:

President:
Barack Obama 57.5%
Mitt Romney 42.5%

U.S. Senate
Bill Nelson 54.6%
Connie Mack 33.8%
Chris Borgia 5.2%
Bill Gaylor 6.4%

U.S. Congress
Jeff Miller 48.7%
Jim Bryan 43.2%
Calen Fretts 8.0%

The program provides schools with a ballot that mirrors the ballot used in the polling locations through a secure website. Students use a unique number to login and cast a ballot. The login can only be used once.

The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office first partnered with Kids Voting Tampa Bay and Kids Voting USA to provide the mock election for students in grades K-12 for the 2008 presidential election. Kids Voting Tampa Bay and Kids Voting USA are a part of a national non-partisan, non-profit program. They also provide civics curriculum for teachers to educate students about elections, voting, and active citizenship. The program is provided at no cost to the educational institutions or the elections office. The Escambia County Elections office provided “I voted” stickers to all of the participating schools.

  • joe November 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    How unenlightened Buelah elementary school must be?
    Hmm, these kids actually listened to their parents conversations.

  • RTDavis November 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    LLaird, do you honestly believe that teachers park their subjective opinions in the parking lot when they come into the classrooms? In your view, teachers only teach but do not preach (as you claim they do in those pesky church schools), but common sense and actual observation demonstrates otherwise. You need to spend some time in classrooms (i.e., be that fly on the wall, and you will have your eyes and ears opened).

  • Eric2 November 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    My son said Romney got over 80% of the vote at Beulah elementary

  • joe November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The grandson must attend a lilly white school. I doubt seriously there are any inner city school that haven’t put a picture of our first half-white, I mean, half-black President on the school walls.
    Geez, regardless of one’s feelings he is the President.

  • L.Laird November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Four yrs. ago my granddaughter was Obama campaign manager in her second grade. Her class room had Republican President Picture right in front of the classroom, plus other photos of Bush threw out the school. Second grade elected President Obama… All of President Bush photos were removed. To this day, not a single picture of the First Black President hang’s anyplace in said school…I know this to be a fact, because my grandson attends the same school. Public teachers teach, they do NOT preach like local church schools. Congratulations to the open mindedness of all of the students in Escambia.

  • RTDavis November 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the wall, watching and hearing the teachers’ presentations to the students in preparation for the election? (Note: I am very familiar with those walls!)

    Given the differences between the outcomes of students’ votes (in mock election) and actual voters’ votes (in the not-so-mock real election) in Escambia County, there must be several theories about the reasons for the differences: (1) age of voters; (2) knowledge of voters; (3) outside influences upon voters; and (4) other variables.

    My money is on the teachers as the significantly influential variable in the students’ votes. Trust me on this one.

    Now, read between the lines regarding teachers’ influence and draw your own conclusions about young voters and their choices.