A Voting Lesson at Madison Central

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The General Election is just a few days away and thousands have already cast their votes. A classroom assignment may just increase the numbers at the polls.

Seventh grade students at Madison County Central School aren't old enough to cast a ballot, but their social studies teacher is giving them their first experience in a mock voting session.

Chad O'Quinn, a 7th grade student, says, "I've learned about the experience of voting from doing the practice ballots in this class. I know what to expect whenever I turn old enough to vote."

Katelyn Scarboro adds, "It's helped me understand what voting really is and it's helped me understand how to vote and who to vote for."

Teachers say they wanted to create an atmosphere of excitement that would trickle down to parents and encourage students to pay close attention to what the candidates are saying.

Javonte Gibson says, "I'm very nervous about who the president is going to be because all the commercials they've been having about how one president is doing and the other one is doing wrong, so I'm just nervous about who the president is going to be.”

Come November 2 registered voters will make the final decision of who will be president of the United States. Instructors say it's imperative for parents to participate in the election process to keep these students interested in voting.

Robert Holmes, a teacher at Madison County Central, says, "We have some apathy not only in the states, but in the world about some of our leaders and I'm trying to get them interested in the voting process at an early age so when they become adults they'll become more involved.”

With votes tallied from four classes, John Kerry is leading in the presidential race and Lou Miller leads as superintendent of schools.

Come November the community will see if this mock voting session will become reality. More than 450 seventh grade students participated in the mock.