Mesa County Kids Choose Mitt Romney as President
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Mesa County kids got to participate in their own election this year.
"Kids Voting" is a private, nonprofit organization that's been teaching students how to become informed voters for the past 16 years.
Throughout Mesa County, 90 percent of elementary school students, 86 percent of middle school students and 55 percent of high school students participated.
For the presidential election, the students chose Mitt Romney by 10 percent, and the majority voted against school uniforms.
"It's good for them to know that it's a responsibility, and it's something that's very easy to do. They need to learn how to become informed voters before they vote, and understand that voting is an important part of our democratic process," said Martha Graf, executive director of Kids Voting.
K-12 students who are home-schooled or attend private or public school can participate.
Officials say this was one of the best turnouts they've seen so far; more than 17,000 students participated.
The voting is solely for practice.