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Local schools vote overwhelmingly for Obama

November 6, 2012
By PETER CROWLEY - Managing Editor ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The presidential race was close nationwide, but not among local students. President Barack Obama won big in mock elections several local schools held Monday and Tuesday.

Lake Placid Middle/High School held its election a day early, on Monday, and let teachers and staff vote as well as students. Obama beat Mitt Romney 221-67 (a percentage split of 77-33).

Bloomingdale Elementary School students voted Tuesday morning and chose Obama over Romney 162-55 (a 75-25 percent split). Meanwhile, the school's pre-kindergartners voted on whether they liked donkeys or elephants better; donkeys won 19-14.

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A boy casts his vote for president Tuesdat at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake.
(Photo courtesy of Petrova School

At Tupper Lake's L.P. Quinn Elementary School, Obama beat Romney 329-131 (a percentage split of roughly 71-28) with one write-in vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The school's sixth-graders and sixth-grade teacher Tracy Klossner organized the election today.

St. Bernard's, a Catholic elementary school in Saranac Lake, went for Obama over Romney by a count of 36-14 (a 72-28 percent split).

Saranac Lake High School students voted Monday in an election that was more involved than other local schools', in that it had both a popular vote and its own Electoral College. Nick Sprague, a student teacher from Plattsburgh State University who's working with SLHS social studies teacher Kris Meimis, devised the system and organized the voting.

Like states with their varying numbers of electors, each of the 24 participating SLHS classrooms was assigned a number of electoral votes, one to four, based on its population. Each classroom's winner took all its electoral votes.

In addition to Romney and Obama on the SLHS ballot, Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson were combined into a third option.

Of the 349 votes, Obama got 244 (69.9 percent), Romney got 75 (21.5 percent), and Johnson-Stein got 30 (8.6 percent).

Of the 68 electoral votes Obama got 63.5 (93.4 percent) and Romney 4.5 (6.6 percent). One classroom split 9-9, so its three electoral votes were divided in half between the candidates.

SLHS students were also asked to choose which issue they care about most. The economy won by a long shot, coming out ahead in 14 of the 24 classrooms. The environment was second, winning six classrooms. Other options on the ballot were national security, energy, taxes, foreign policy, education, health care, domestic policy and "other."

Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake followed the same kind of Electoral College pattern as SLHS. There, Obama won the popular vote over Romney 286-42 (an 87-13 percent split) and took all the classrooms' 19 electoral votes.

Saranac Lake Middle School's presidential voting results were not immediately available.

There was no election at Tupper Lake Middle/High School, Lake Placid Elementary School or Keene Central School.



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