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Young voters take to the polls on Election Day

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012


Volunteers Berdyene Bowen and Margaret Headrick verify third grader Angel Vazquez’s voter registration card before they hand him a ballot during the Flandreau Elementary ‘Kids Vote’ last Tuesday. Volunteers Berdyene Bowen and Margaret Headrick verify third grader Angel Vazquez’s voter registration card before they hand him a ballot during the Flandreau Elementary ‘Kids Vote’ last Tuesday. Fifth grade student council members Diego Serrano and Gabe Hobbie tally up the votes after Tuesday’s election.
The Elementary students in Flandreau were able to get a little practice in how the voting system works last Tuesday afternoon at the Flandreau Elementary School.

Students went through the registration process just like their parents did on Tuesday. They then had to stand in line and get their registration checked by two local ‘election volunteers’ before they were able to cast their ballot.

After all that was done, the students grabbed their ballots and voted for many of the same races as their parents.

Unlike the County, the popular vote for President at the Flandreau Elementary School was Barack Obama, with 174 votes to Mitt Romney’s 96. Kristi Noem joined Obama as the popular vote with 170 votes to take the U.S. Representative position over Matt Varilek who only received 104 votes from the youngsters.

The students also voted for both of the Public Utilities Commissioner positions. Matt McGovern, who lost in the real election, took this one with 129 votes. Kristie Fiegen, who won the actual election, was runner-up with 94 votes. Russell Clarke received the final 35 votes. The kids could not decide on a winner of the four-year PUC position. Nick Nemec and Chris Nelson both received 129 votes from the Elementary students to round out the kids voting.

Members of the Elementary School’s student council were responsible for counting the ballots.






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