Archive for Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kids vote Obama in a landslide

The kids have voted and the tallies are in!

November 5, 2008


Douglas County youth showed up in large numbers and had their say for who they'd like to be president.

The majority of the 4,708 children and teens who participated in Kids Voting Douglas County voted for Barack Obama.

"He's nice and he wants to change America," said Hanan Gusau, second-grader at Cordley School. She was one of 3,252 students who also supported Obama. John McCain received 1,272 votes.

Kids Voting is an opportunity for students from pre-school to 12th grade to share their opinions and participate in the election process.

About 160 Lawrence High School students tallied votes once polls closed at 7 p.m. Students up to fourth grade voted for president while students up to eighth grade voted for president, congressional candidates, Kansas Senate candidates, Kansas House of Representative candidates and the three Lawrence sales tax questions.

"I was excited that I actually got to vote, not for real, but just, like, kids vote," said Jack Ziegler, a sixth-grader at Langston Hughes School. Langston Hughes did a schoolwide vote.

Ziegler voted for McCain because "he'd be a good president and I didn't really like Obama as much," he said.

As soon as school was out at Central Junior High School, Mitri McCawley, 14, eighth-grader, ran up to the school's auditorium stage to cast his vote for Obama. He also approved the two sales tax questions in support of the city's public transit system. It was his first time to participate in Kids Vote.

"I was pretty excited," he said.

Tracie Massey, manager of Roger Hill Volunteer Center, said there was an overwhelming response of young voter turnout in the morning beginning at 6:45 a.m.

The nearly 400 volunteers on hand was equally impressive, she said.

"It's been amazing and they've all been just wonderful," she said. "They call in at the end of their shifts and the numbers have been just higher than they've ever been."

Mike Wormsley, eighth-grade social studies teacher at Central Junior High School, said this is the first time he's seen such enthusiasm in the junior high about an election.

"This election seems to have these guys more excited than I've seen junior high kids get excited in an election," he said. "They're very much excited about the candidacy issues. I think it's really great they are getting the opportunity to vote in a manner very much like the adults in their lives so they are really getting a feel for what's going on."

Wormsley and some parents said the sooner youth are exposed to the voting process, the more likely it is they'll participate when they are of age.

"It's really good; it will get them used to the idea," said Nafisa Gusau, a Kansas University student from Africa. She was with Hanan while she voted at Cordley School. "I think this generation will be better than the ones we have because they are actually teaching them to vote for their rights. I can't vote because : I'm not a citizen, so I'm glad that she can and her dad can."

The Lawrence Journal-World, Roger Hill Volunteer Center, Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin public school districts sponsored the ninth annual Kids Voting Douglas County.

Kids Voting Douglas County Results

PresidentBarack Obama and Joe Biden (D): 3,252John McCain and Sarah Palin (R): 1,272

United States SenateJim Slattery (D) : 1,111Pat Roberts (R): 708

U.S. House of Representatives 2nd DistrictNancy Boyda (D): 496Lynn Jenkins (R): 286

U.S. House of Representatives 3rd DistrictDennis Moore (D): 545Nick Jordan (R): 145

Kansas Senate 2nd DistrictMarci Francisco (D): 666Scott Morgan (R): 453

Kansas Senate 19th DistrictAnthony Hensley (D): 97Shari Weber (R): 70

Kansas Senate 3rd DistrictTom Holland (D): 265Roger C. Pine (R): 182

10th District State RepresentativeTony Brown (D): 187John Coen (R): 105

38th District State RepresentativeStephanie Kelton (D): 119Anthony R. Brown (R): 105

45th District State RepresentativeJohn C. Wilson (D): 138Tom Sloan (R) 184

53rd District State RepresentativeAnn E. Mah (D) 87Cecil T. Washington, Jr. (R): 54

59th District State RepresentativeJim Irey (D): 82William R. Prescott (R): 53

4th District-State Board of EducationCarolyn C. Campbell (D): 174Robert Meissner (R): 74

2nd District County CommissionerNancy Thellman (D): 131David L. Brown (R): 63

3rd District County CommissionerKen Grotewiel (D): 146James E. Flory (R): 82


oldvet 9 years, 6 months ago

They don't have jobs, don't pay taxes, exist on handouts from others... what do we expect...and that goes the same for these kids too!

KUDB99 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow...How bitter and cynical do you have to be to criticize kids voting?

Trobs 9 years, 6 months ago

I overhead a 9-10 year old yesterday say, "I voted all democrat just like you told me to mom."It made me sad inside. Then again, I've never heard of an open minded Democrat or Republican.

Confrontation 9 years, 6 months ago

This shows that there is hope for the future of Kansas. Unfortunately, the Kansas population is an aging one. Once we get rid of all these old racists, then Kansas just might get some common sense.

mamasgrl 9 years, 6 months ago

offtotheright: ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! Regardless of what these kids reasoning is for choosing the canidate they did, they are becoming aware of issues in society that they will have to deal with eventually, and getting a great and fun experience. Obviously a first or second grader wouldn't vote for one of the canidates based on tax issues or healthcare there basing it off of the overall character of that canidate! which is just the maturity level of their minds. Nothing wrong with that and it certainly isn't ignorant! Obviously there was a lot of ignorance yesterday for the votes that DO count, not the kids!!

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