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Mock Election at HHS

posted Nov 8, 2016, 7:31 AM by Christopher Miller   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 1:07 PM ]

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The Hanover High School Election 2016

Written By Henry Smith

            On the morning of November 7th, 2016, the eve of election day, Hanover High School students walked into their homebases and sat down, ready to take part in a civic duty not regularly provided to high school students- voting. Although the actual election wouldn’t take place until the following day, there was no less energy in the air. Students anxiously waited to cast their ballots for who would become the future leaders of our nation. However, it wasn’t just candidates on the ballot that mattered to these high schoolers- it was ideas as well. Numerous students conscientiously thought long and hard about what issues resonated with them before casting their ballots.

            One issue that seemed to captivate the school’s attention was gun laws- whether stricter or more lax. Some students, like Jessica Reed and Olivia Lawrence, supported Clinton’s proposal for stricter firearm regulations and background checks, while other students, such as Josh Otis and Paige Mummert, believed in Trump’s vision that the rights of Americans to possess a firearm should be safeguarded. Further, many students butted heads on the issue of immigration, while a handful believed in a path to citizenship for families of illegal immigrants, others favored increased immigration enforcement and border security. Lastly, perhaps the largest issue in the high school election boiled down to the character of the two candidates themselves. While a sizable chunk of students believed Clinton to be a “liar” and “untrustworthy”, another faction saw Trump to be “sexist”, “racist”, “homophobic”, and “not good for the country”; the remaining few high school voters conveyed that the country will be in bad hands either way.             Will the views of Hanover High School ultimately reflect the decision of America this November 8th? Regardless, the mock election was a valuable process in promoting and fostering the future generation of American voters.             We also would like to thank the history department at HHS for making this opportunity available to the students.             Results:

            Presidential~    Clinton- 48%    Trump- 45%    Other- 7%


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