Students Get Real with the Electoral Process

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Students at Edison Charter North Star Academy have been talking a lot of politics lately. To put it simply...

"...about, like, the presidents, and what they're going to do, and who might win," said 5th Grader Jason Lee, as he passed out "I voted" stickers.

5th Grade teacher Kathy Peterson says all grades have been learning everything from the workings of two–party systems, the electoral college, differences between the two candidates, and most importantly, the voting process.

"They're taking it very serious. They're having it witnessed, and they think it's very official. They want to do this," said 5th Grade teacher Kathy Peterson.

...and official it is, starting at the door, where an Election Judge greets the students, makes sure they sign in their names, and hands them a ballot. It's a to–a–tee experience--complete, of course, with your own private voting booth--but it doesn't end there.

Ballots then make it to the ballot box, guarded by top security.

"Once every class is done, I take the ballots out of there, put them here, and take them to a classroom," said 5th Grader Rowan Wentworth, looking the part in his security jacket.

Ballots are counted, and updated, in real–time, and students can check the progress on three Electoral Maps. While students say they're excited to see the outcome, what they really want to walk away with is knowledge about a process that will soon become a part of their lives.

"Then, when you get older, you're not bewildered by, 'well, what do I do now?' You know exactly where to go and what to do," said 8th Grader Miia Marple, after casting her ballot.

...an education these students will be able to take from the classroom to the polls.

...and the ballots are in!

Polls show President Obama has taken Edison North Star with 76 percent of the vote, Governor Romney with 23 percent, and "other" at one percent.