On Tuesday, November 4th the whole school walked to the town offices to vote in the state-wide and congressional mid-elections. There were about 12 students from 6th grade that stayed through the entire process, and were in charge of helping guide the school through the polls. They also worked with the town officials to count the ballots.
A 6th grader's perspective of VOTING:
I think that the voting process was a lot of work. In this process there was a lot math and numbers. We counted up all the votes when doing that you had to be really cautious when you are counting. You have to be cautious because if you mis-count one vote you most likely have to restart. I had to restart a few times because I mis-counted votes. There were lots of different steps when you were counting for example we had to transfer the votes onto two different packets of paper.
I thought it was cool how we got to do our mock election when the real election was going on. I think it was a good experience for PAML. I think that this was good to do because when kids talked to their parents to get information about the candidates it convinced some parents to vote, which is good.
The jobs of the 6th graders that helped were greeters which would guide people inside the building then take them out of the building when they were done voting, the check in people would sign people in with their last names and give them the ballets, and the runners would bring people to where they would vote. Then my job was to make sure every kid put their votes into the right place, give everyone a sticker that said they voted, then show them where they would go to get out of the voting room and meet the greeters to take them out of the building.
Abby - 6th grader
************************************A 6th grader's letter to me about the experience:
Dear Ms. Weeks,
The voting experience was fun, but crowded. At points it was hard because we only had 4 voting booths and every grade was on top of each other. It was fun to learn about voting and the town office. I feel it's a good experience for students to learn about voting and their rights. We would take four to six people in at a time to vote, and we also had to tell them about the the voting.
When a class got there we tell the teachers that they would take a certain amount of students in at a time. Next we take the students and tell them to be quite because other people were voting and working and to be respectful of the other people in the building. We would also tell them that once their done they would go to their home teams or TA's. It was mainly the
8th graders and 5th graders who were noisy, but we always told them to quite down in a nice way. At points it got a little ruff when we had two grades and that meant taking more kids to the sign up an voting booths.
Again it was a good experience to teach kids to vote. I think and hope that most students had a good time learning to vote. After the everybody voted be had to count the ballets and but them in piles of 25. Then we got a partner and a tally sheet for votes. We counted and kept track of each vote. We had about 220 ballets to count each vote. After we put all of the votes together and finished counting.
Grace (6th grader)
Here are the PAML VOTING RESULTS - grade 5 - 8
Representative to Congress: Peter Welch
Governor: Peter Shumlin
Lieutenant Governor: Phil Scott
State Treasurer: Beth Pearce
Secretary of State: Jim Condos
Auditor of Accounts: Doug Hoffer
Attorney General: William H. Sorrell