by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter
The mock election of 2012 hopes to provide students with a better understanding of how to choose a government leader. Voting took place Nov. 6 in the main hallway during all lunch periods. Like the actual 2012 presidential election, this year’s mock election winner was President Barack Obama.
According to Sandra Chico, AP government teacher and WPAC sponsor, about 457 students and staff registered to vote in the mock election.
The goal for the voting process was as stated by Ms. Chico to “help students realize that to vote they need to register.” With students learning these steps in the voter process, the big picture was to “Increase voter turnout,”
The AP government class also held a mock debate on Oct. 31, where Omar Joya, senior, represented the conservative view, and Katrina Gustafson, senior, represented the liberal view.
“(The goal of the debate is) Inform the student body of both sides, and help students make the choice they want instead of picking randomly,” Gustafson said.
More info about the mock election
- Of the 457 that registered to vote 161 voted.
- 72.6 percent voted for President Barack Obama.
- 18 percent percent voted for Mitt Romney, Republican candidate.
- 5 percent voted for Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate.
- 3 percent voted for Stewart Alexander, Socialist candidate.
- 0.06 percent voted for Edward Noonan, American Independent candidate.
- 0.06 percent voted for Andre Barnett, Reform candidate.