Adults weren’t the only ones voting on Election Day.
Gulf High School held a mock election where students got to pick who they wanted to see as the U.S. President. On Nov. 6, seniors and juniors cast ballots. Underclassmen cast ballots the day before.
Democrat Barack Obama won the majority of Gulf High students’ votes. He garnered 605 votes at the school (69 percent). Gov. Mitt Romney earned 268 votes (38 percent).
Students also voted on whether to renew the Penny for Pasco sales tax, according to the Gulf High website. Acccording to the site, 84 percent of students voted yes.
Gulf was one of several schools in Pasco that held mock elections on Election Day or some time between then and Oct. 29. The results were logged on the Kids Voting Tampa Bay website.
Kids Voting Tampa Bay is a nonprofit organization that aims to “secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged voters,” according to its Facebook page. It is related to Kids Voting USA. It offers civics curriculums in classrooms.
This year, it invited schools to “participate in Florida’s largest Presidential Mock Election for students grades K-12.” Schools in Pasco, Hillsborough, Escambia, Clay, Citrus, Pinellas and Sarasota counties participated. The mock election was held in high, middle and elementary schools.
The Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office partnered with Kids Voting and the District School Board of Pasco County for the mock elections. It also partnered with Kids Voting for the 2008 and 2010 elections.
Kids Voting Tampa Bay reported preliminary mock election results gathered from the 55,984 total votes received by the organization by midday Wednesday.
Obama won the student vote. He garnered 33,944 votes (61 percent). Romney netted 21,621 votes. (38.91%)
“Generally, kids' views and votes tend to mirror what they hear at home (but not always),” said Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. "There is no data that I know of regarding party affiliation of minors. I can relay that students who pre-register at age 16 or register while in high school are registering as ‘No Party Affiliation’ versus the traditional ‘Dem’ or ‘Rep.’”