FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Inside a "polling station" at Haley Elementary, hundreds of people under the age of 18 cast their votes for government offices, but it's not a case of voter fraud, rather a lesson in civics.
Students filed into Julie McCoy’s classroom at Haley Elementary to cast their vote in a mock election. According McCoy the voter excitement at the school has mirrored real life.
“It’s been kind of crazy. I feel like, I voted early, but I’ve heard the polls have had long lines and we’ve had a long line as well. It’s a good crazy, the kids are excited,” McCoy said.
The students were voting for both the Congressional and US Senate races and even though electioneering within 50 feet of a polling place is illegal, you had the major parties represented nearby. Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian
To some adults, politics are boring, but not to students like 5th grader Sabrina Mix. Who was also representing the Republican party.
Mix said, “I’m pretty sure, it’s a lot more interesting than it seems.”
The Common Core curriculum has the students learning about the history of voting and the constitution, helping the students learn how voting can change the future.
The lesson isn’t falling on deaf ears. For 5th grader Josanah Lambert, who played the role of Lucy Brenton, she knows it wasn't so long ago that someone like her, couldn't vote.
“Women should vote because they couldn’t vote a long time ago. So, I think they should vote,” said Lambert.
Elias Martin says everyone who can get out to vote, should, saying "So people’s voices can be heard...and to make the world a better place.”
And if you were wondering who won, Mike Braun took the senate race while students elected Courtney Tritch, who was recently Haley’s principal of the day, as their congresswoman.