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Future voters hold mock election

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Future voters practiced their civic duty Friday. Eighth graders at Harding School in Cedar Rapids are study elections in class.

The students said it's fun to study the subject while such an important presidential election is taking place.

"Even though we can't vote, people who our parents and friends elect, they're gonna effect us as well," said eight grader Anna Riester.

As part of an elections unit, the students learned about our government, watched the debates and researched where the candidates stand.

"They know it's important to be informed. So we spent a lot of time going over the platforms and differences of the different parties," said teacher Janette Schroeder.

The students took what they learned to the polls, voting for president, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Just like regular voters, Anna Riester said she's voting on the issues.

"I think the abortion issue is a big deal and the war and the economy," said Riester.

Even though the results won't count in the November 4th election, Riester said this experience taught her the importance of government participation.

"We all have the right to vote and we choose the government. It's all us," said Riester.

Many students said their biggest influence for this mock election was their parents. The teachers plan to tally the ballots during the weekend and announce the results Monday or Tuesday.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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