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Moms First: Locals students go to the polls in mock vote

Local students vote in a mock election. // WSBT 22 photo

More than 10,000 elementary schools across the country held a mock presidential election today.

Some local schools are joining in and making their voices heard.

A major sponsor of the mock election, Studies Weekly, said statistics show students that vote every four years as part of their education are more likely to vote as adults, and what's even greater: these mock elections teach students how to become informed when it comes to political issues.

"I think today I'm going to vote for Clinton," said Faith, one student in the class.

Students at Michiana Christian Academy in South Bend are making their voices heard in a mock presidential election.

"What it means to be in a community and what it means to be a part of a society that has this freedom to be able to exercise are voting privileges," said School Administrator Geri Carlson.

Carlson said the students have been researching and studying politics for weeks before casting their final vote.

“We really want to step back and let these kids think for themselves. That's the core of our academics is critical thinking," said Carlson.

The nationwide event is sponsored by Studies Weekly and has real time results and live stream footage online so students can track the election just like adults can next week.

“I am still contemplating I'm leaning more towards Trump,” said 7th-grader Emily.

Students said this has been one of the most exciting real life lessons they've learned so far.

"We actually get the chance to vote it's a lot more it's kind of nerve-racking but it's also a great opportunity to prepare us for later," said Emily, a student.

Since 2004, students who participated in the Every Kid Votes mock election correctly chose the winning presidential candidate!

Today, Michiana Christian School chose, and nationwide the winner was Hillary Clinton. So we will have to wait until next Tuesday to find out if they continue with the winning tradition.

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