Monday, more than a thousand high school students are casting their votes for presidential candidates Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but wait -- it's not what you think. Baldwin High School is hosting a mock presidential election to teach students about voting.
On Monday, students stood in line to cast their votes in this election. Senior Darryl Williams said voting is important. “Your vote counts toward who represents you and the laws that govern you,” said Williams.
Most of these students aren't old enough to vote in the real election, so these Baldwin High School students are voting in a mock election to learn how the system works. Sophomore Zameria Evans said voting was fun and easy. “You had to type in your district and they ask you who you want to vote for,” said Evans. “That’s all you had to do.”
Teachers said it's an election run by students for students. Media Specialist Pam Longino is one of the election coordinators. Longino said the school is broken up into voting precincts. “We have ten precinct poll rooms where the students at Baldwin High school are voting,” said Longino. The precincts are actually classrooms, and students were trained to work as poll monitors.
Longino said even though this is a mock election, the rules are still the same. Students have to show an ID to vote. “That is the key. We wanted to make it real,” said Longino. “You have to have your photo ID. If they do not have their ID, they will not be able to vote.”
About 1,200 students are using this vote as their voice to choose who they feel is the best candidate. Evans said she’s voted for the best candidate. “You have to be smart and know how to manage money.”
Williams said he’s looking at for candidates' principles and platforms. “You want someone you know who at the core is someone you can trust and has core values,” said Williams.
School officials say they are not releasing the election results until after the "real election" on November 8th because they don't want to sway voters in Baldwin County. “We're excited to see how it happens, and that everyone has the right to vote today,” said Longino.
Teachers said they will use the school's election results and compare it with state and national voting data.