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Mock election: Reno County kids pick Trump

November 9, 2016
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Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News While Reno County adults - at least those who didn't vote early - cast their ballots in Tuesday's election, many county children also got hands-on experience with democracy. Kids Voting USA held a mock election for children Tuesday, with sites alongside several poll sites for adults, and Nickerson schools and Union Valley Elementary School used class time to let classes vote in the mock election. At all but one site, Republican nominee Donald Trump was students' preferred choice for president. The Reno County Museum, with only 22 kids voting, was the only site Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won, 8-7 over Trump. Overall, Trump was students' choice 867-295 over Clinton. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 104 votes, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, 89. Kids Voting chairman Ryan Diehl said Union Valley Principal Paul Erickson and Nickerson/South Hutchinson USD 309 Superintendent Dawn Johnson were big supporters of the project, allowing students to vote during class time. Johnson said she thought Kids Voting was valuable for teaching students about being engaged in their communities and getting a firsthand look at how elections are held. At Nickerson High School, seniors in Mike Nugent's government class ran check-in similar to what the younger students will one day see at real poll sites. "I think Kids Vote is a great way to celebrate democracy," and for students to learn the democratic process, Erickson said. He added it was important to teach students about something that has been as ubiquitous as this year's election. "Parents are chatting quite a bit about it," he said. "My parents always have it on...

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