May 30, 2006
High school seniors cast votes in LegiSchool project
High school seniors at Kennedy High School in Sacramento will take part in a mock election on the governor’s race and several state propositions on Wednesday, May 31 as part of a new voter education program involving LegiSchool, a non-partisan civic education effort of Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies and the State Legislature. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is scheduled to visit Kennedy High School at 10 a.m. that day to talk with students on the importance of voting.
The Kennedy students along with seniors from Hiram Johnson and Burbank high schools are getting an introduction to voting through the “Get Up-Stand Up Vote” program, a partnership that involves the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, the Sacramento Unified School District, the Secretary of State’s office, the League of Women Voters of Sacramento and LegiSchool.
In addition to the mock elections, the seniors at the high schools have been registering to vote and learning about the importance of voting. “The goal is to provide high school students with the foundation for life-long voter participation and to get them excited about the process,” said Kolleen Ostgaard, director of LegiSchool. “In the mock elections, the students are using real voting machines that are normally used in elections and they use ballots similar to the real ones.”
About 190 seniors at Hiram Johnson took part in a mock state election last week. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger picked up 23.7 percent of vote to narrowly beat Democrat Phil Angelides with 23.1 percent of the vote and Democrat Steve Westly with 16.2 percent.
The students approved both Proposition 81 (library bonds) 64.8 percent to 35.2 percent and Proposition 82 (universal preschool) 56.4 percent to 43.6 percent.
The Hiram Johnson students also cast ballots on two fictitious measures. Should 16-year-olds be able to drive with friends in the car? 65 percent voted yes and 35 percent no. And should students have to pass the exit exam to receive their diplomas? 56 percent voted no and 44 percent yes.
For more information about the “Get Up-Stand Up Vote” program, call Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906. For media assistance, call the Sacramento State Public Affairs office (916) 278-6156.
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