Elementary Students Cast Their Votes In 2016 Election

"The kids are excited to know they have a choice..."

You may not have seen them at the polls Election Day but the turnout was pretty solid at a Sioux Falls Elementary School as students at Laura B. Anderson Elementary cast their vote.

“Can I please see your ID,” asked 5th grader Kassim Asam as he began to check in voters. He was one of six manning the polls Election Day.

“Each kid made a voter ID card so they have to present their voter ID card at the door,” explained 4th and 5th grade science and history teacher Fred Jackson. While
the scenery may be different than a normal polling place in his classroom, the rules to cast a vote are the same like for you and I.

“A second person’s going to be doing the check list, they’re going to highlight off if the person is here and they’re voting.”

From Pre-K to 5th grade, students voted in a mock Presidential Election held at Laura B. Anderson Elementary, where they got to vote on who’s going to be the next President of the United States.

“They’ll walk over, someone will direct them to their ballot area,” Fred Jackson, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Laura B. Anderson Elementary, said, motioning to the vanilla folder polling booths behind him.  “They’ll vote put it in the ballot box and, at the end, they’ll get the sticker like everybody else gets.”

“Who do you want to be President? Put a check mark in the box.”

After learning about topics like the Electoral College as well as what the difference is between a Democrat and a Republican, 4th and 5th grade teacher Fred Jackson at Laura B. Anderson Elementary says the kids were looking forward to Election Day. “The kids are excited to know they have a choice, they’re excited to see how the process works and I hope that kinda rubs off when they get older they’ll be wanting to go vote, get registered and do those things.”

A future generation of voters that are learning now why the election process is so important.

Students took part in voting throughout Election Day morning and afternoon, with the results coming in shortly after 3pm. Fred Jackson tallied the votes and with 193 votes, the students voted for Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump came in second with 54 votes.