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Stella Brockman eighth graders pick Obama by wide margin in mock vote

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Stella Brockman eighth graders pick Obama by wide margin in mock vote

Joshua Jacobsen and Jaleyna Tremor mark their ballots.


POSTED November 13, 2012 12:47 a.m.

Eighth-grade students at Stella Brockman School came close to getting it right at last Tuesday’s general Election.

During the week-long mock election process, they favored President Barack Obama over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, 38-14. Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party reeled in 11 votes while Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein got a respective 2 and 1 vote.

San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters’ unofficial tally had similar-type figures, with Obama beating Romney, 80,005-66,742. Johnson collected 1,293, Barr received 1,293 and Stein managed 511 votes.

“Regardless of political differences, my purpose in this lesson was to encourage students to be informed,” said Social Studies teacher A.J. Williams, who also placed three of the state propositions on the ballot. “They are the future leaders of America.

“This is where they begin to learn how our government works.”

Of course, students supported Prop 30. As it turned out, California voters also came out in favor of the temporary taxes to fund education while guaranteeing local public safety funding, 41-22.

Both voted against Prop 34, which would’ve repealed the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Stella Brockman students came out against the initiative, 36-28.

They both came out against Prop 38, which was the tax to fund education and early childhood programs.

Students cast no votes, 33-31.

They were not required to vote but were encouraged to take part in the event, Williams said.

He discussed the results with his students.

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