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AE students visit the polls

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2012

Lindsay Cole, third grade, shows off the Alamosa Elementary 2012 ballot on Tuesday during the school’s mock election.

ALAMOSA — With years to come before their votes will count, Alamosa Elementary (AE) students starting learning about the importance of choice on Tuesday during their mock Presidential election exercise.

Students organized the election with help from third grade teacher Erik Christensen and fifth grade teacher Audrie Archuleta right down to the voter registration cards and ballot distribution. The voters could chose between Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D), Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R) or other.

“Today you vote for whom you want,” said third grader Weldon Eads who was helping his classmates place their votes in the ballot box. “I voted for other. Obama makes people not have jobs. Romney makes people jobs, but makes boys do all of the work.”

For third grader Natasha Imre, the mock election was about having a great leader to take care of the nation.

“It’s important to vote because if we didn’t have a president there would be wars everywhere,” she said.

Jayda Garcia, a student in Christensen’s class that helped pass out registration cards throughout the school on Monday, said the students know it is important to vote because it is the American right to let everyone know what you want.

“Millions of people will vote around the country today,” Garcia said. “Now we can see what everyone is thinking.”

Classmate and Obama supporter Summiyah Shabazz, who formed her opinions based on watching the news, was more than happy to share here thoughts on the election.

“Obama is going to make changes, not like Romney,” Shabazz said. “Romney wants the old people to have to work. That’s not right.”

From across the table filled with “I voted” stickers and cookies, Yaliah Lemus politely challenged her friend, “Romney should win because Obama hurts taxes and might do it again for four more years. I heard that Romney might take away my (TV) channels, but I don’t believe it.”

The AE 3-5 building and the K-2 building voted to keep Obama for another four years.

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