Webb only private school in state participating in “VOTES”
Posted October 22, 2012
Webb Update – In the VOTES project student mock election at The Webb School this week, the following totals were recorded:
Republican Party – Mitt Romney – 161
Democratic Party – Barack Obama – 99
Libertarian Party – Gary Johnson – 10
Green Party – Jill Stein – 7
20 votes were cast for various candidates.
Nationwide Update -
Barack Obama 316
Mitt Romney 208
Because of Storm Sandy, the New Jersey schools sent in no votes. Those 14 electoral votes were not distributed.
Popular Votes and Percentages
(Voter Turnout - 67%)
Barack Obama (Democratic) 27,107 (50.2%)
Mitt Romney (Republican) 22,252 (41.2%)
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 2,206 (4.1%)
Jill Stein (Green) 1,314 (2.4%)
Virgil Goode (Constitution) 508 (.9)
Others/Write-Ins/Undecideds 650 (1.2%)
Total Votes Cast: 54,037
States Won By: Barack Obama (28)
Alaska, California, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin
States Won By: Mitt Romney (22)
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming
Five schools from NJ, NY and PA were unable to hold a mock election because of Storm Sandy.
Students at The Webb School are joining counterparts across the nation casting ballots in VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State), a nationwide mock election project for high school students. Webb is the only private school in Tennessee participating in VOTES.
The Webb mock election is being conducted Oct. 23-24, with the results announced in chapel by Larry Nichols, Webb history teacher, prior to Election Day, Nov. 6.
“It is a great opportunity for the Webb students to participate at an early age in the electoral process,” said Nichols. “I think it’s an honor for Webb School to be chosen to participate in this mock election.”
The project website explains that VOTES is celebrating its 24th anniversary and was initiated by Jim Shea and Lorrie Byrom, history teachers at Northfield Mount Hermon School, a boarding and day school in Mount Hermon, Mass. The project includes teen voters from one public and one independent school in each state. VOTES election results from around the country will be available at http://votes2012.org/ prior to the election.
VOTES FUN FACTS
More than 50,000 teen votes are cast in each VOTES election.
Teen voters picked the winner in five out of the past six elections.
A total of 35 schools have participated in all five VOTES mock elections.
VOTES has been covered in USA Today, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio.
VOTES voter turnout has averaged 77 percent across the nation.