Nelson School Votes!

All About the Mock Election

Nelson School VotesEvery four years during the presidential election Nelson students in grades K through 5 spend some of their curriculum time learning about the candidates running for federal, state and local office (president for the K/R & 1/2, president, governor, and congressmen for the 2/3 class and all races for the 4/5 class). The students study each governmental position and carefully consider which of the current candidates they feel best qualified to be selected for the job.

On Election Day, the students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.  Town officials work with school staff to set up a section in the Town Hall in order for our students to vote alongside their Nelson community members. Each class has an opportunity to cast their vote in the election. Ballots are made up for each student in the school.  Parent volunteers arrive and serve as our ballot checklist supervisors.

Later in the day, when all of the ballots are returned to school, one of the classes counts the votes and announces our mock election winners to the school.  Our "Nelson School Votes" activity has been a pretty good barometer of how the national election will unfold.

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