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:
Barack Obama 57.5%
Mitt Romney 42.5%
Bill Nelson 54.6%
Connie Mack 33.8%
Chris Borgia 5.2%
Bill Gaylor 6.4%
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.