More than 3,000 students cast their votes
If national decisions were made by those under 18 years of age, Sen. John Kerry would be presidentBy Ivy VogelPost Independent StaffIf national decisions were made by those under 18 years of age, Sen. John Kerry would be president.Tuesday, students from Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District Re-2 and Garfield District No. 16 showed up to cast their ballots.Though the race was close and results are preliminary, Kerry would have won the race, said Brenda Buchanan affiliate director of Kids Voting.This is the first year Kids Voting, which is a program that allows all school aged children to participate in a kids only vote, has been in all three school districts in Garfield County.Students in Glenwood, Basalt, Carbondale and Parachute voted 1,459 in favor of Bush and 1,599 in favor of Kerry putting Kerry in the lead, Buchanan said.A little more than 3,000 students from these areas voted.”I was so impressed with the kids enthusiasm at the polls,” Buchanan said.Kids Voting polls were located next to local precincts so many students went with their parents to vote.”I think this is a great program because it teaches awareness of our rights and responsibilities in this country,” said Cyndi Fleming, 38 of Glenwood.Fleming voted before the Sopris Elementary school bell rang and then took her daughter Sara, 7, to the Kids Voting room down the hall from the grown-up polls.Students in kindergarten through third-grade only vote for President. Sara learned about President Bush and Senator Kerry from homework teachers assigned her and Internet web sites she accessed with her parent’s help.”I learned that you have to make a choice for what you vote for,” said Caesar Aguirre, 10, of Glenwood. “When you vote you have to make sure you know who you’re voting for.” Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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