Okaloosa students vote for Romney, art class and Fridays off

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM.

The Kids Vote, Too and Teens Vote, Too programs aim to build a life-long interest and habit in voting by conducting mock internet elections in all Okaloosa County public schools during presidential and gubernatorial election years. Okaloosa County Elections Supervisor Paul Lux and the Okaloosa County School District manage the programs.

“It gives the children a chance to see what the voting process is like and see what their parents go through when they go to vote,” said Lynda Cihanowic, a second grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School and Kids Vote, Too coordinator.

To prepare for Election Day, Cihanowic attended a workshop earlier in the year to learn what to do and how to run the election in her school.

Giordano Capotosto, an Antioch Elementary School fourth-grader, said it is important to vote so “you can choose your own president and other people like that so you know who you voted for and who should be picked.”

“We need to vote for the people who are going to run our country and every single person’s vote counts,” said Haley Peters, a Riverside Elementary School fifth-grader.

“I would think that everyone’s vote should count,” said Dylan Keith, an Antioch Elementary School fourth-grader. “But no, the kids’ votes do not really count. You have to be 18 or older to vote.”

Though students’ votes didn’t factor into the country’s real results, students learned about what’s to come when they’re adults.

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