Issaquah School District students join statewide mock election

November 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2011

Though most students in primary and secondary schools do not meet the minimum voting age, the under-18 crowd can still participate in the November election — sort of.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed invited students in kindergarten to 12th grade to participate in the 2011 State Mock Election, a state-sponsored educational effort designed to establish voter participation later in life.

In the Issaquah School District, classes at Sunset and Sunny Hills elementary schools, Pine Lake Middle School and Issaquah High School joined the mock election. The librarian at Sunset Elementary even has a roll of “I Voted” stickers to hand out to students.

Older students vote for the same statewide measures adults see on their ballots. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive more age-appropriate measures.

The mock election started Monday and ends at 1 p.m. Friday. Reed’s office should post the results within 30 minutes after online voting ends.

“The mock election is an excellent way to introduce students to voting,” Reed said in a statement. “It provides a free and easy opportunity for teachers and schools to encourage a sense of civic engagement in our youth. It’s important that students acquire the skills and passion to fully participate in their communities. Voting is a key part of that.”

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