Election Season 2016 grows to an end, many had been urged to head to the polls and vote for our next president. This was even true in schools around the country. In many schools, mock elections have been held in order to see who students would like to see as the next president of the United States. Duxbury High School hosted a mock election on November 7th, one day before the real election. A google form link was created by the Social Studies Department and was sent to all students and staff to conduct the mock election.
This is not the first year that mock be elections have been popular. In 2012, DHS hosted another mock election for the Obama-Romney Race, and the results picked Mitt Romney with 54% of the vote, while Obama had 30%. Other votes went to president and vice president Johnson and Gray of the Libertarian party, (2%) and Stein and Honkala of the Green-Rainbow party. (11%) There were even a few write-in candidates that received votes, such as Nicholas Cage, and Mr. T. Sophomore, Sarah Z. said, “My school hosted a mock election in 2012, and we predicted Obama would win.”
DHS also hosted a mock election for US Senate that year. Elizabeth Warren received 17% of the vote, and Scott Brown won with 81% of the vote. Write-in candidates that received votes for this election included Jesus, and Donald Trump.
Sophomore Ryan G. said “I’d like to see how closely the school’s election results are to the actual race results, ballot questions included.”
The mock election ballot consisted of 5 yes or no questions. The first being simply, who do you want as our next president. While the questions that followed were about the Gaming Commission, legalizing recreational marijuana, containment of farm animals, and charter schools.
It was clear on the morning of November 8th that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States, as he was the winner of the real election. Arizona, Michigan, and New Hampshire have not finalized how many votes have been cast, but this will not affect the results of the election. Trump won by 279 electoral votes, opposed to Hillary’s 228. However, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a half-million. But this is not what DHS had predicted. With 780 responses, 45% voted Clinton, and Trump received only 35% of the vote. Johnson came in third with 9%, and Stein received 2% of the vote. Another 7% of the vote went to the no choice/other category.
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