As part of library class, Lawson elementary students participated in the “Youth Straw Poll Mock Election” for President. Kindergarteners to fifth graders followed the process of voting using procedures similar to those of a real presidential election. Student volunteers manned the sign-in table, distributed ballots, provided assistance to voters entering the voting booths, and handed out stickers after ballots were cast. Voters even had to fill out a mock registration form, which included questions like “Are you a citizen of Lawson?” and “Are you at least five years old?” Candidates for grades K-3 included the Democratic and Republican nominees, and candidates for grades 4-5 included all presidential nominees on the Iowa ballot. The lesson focused on the privilege of voting rather than any discussion of candidates or issues.
Results of the Lawson election were included in the Youth Straw Poll collected by the office of Iowa Secretary of State. View the results here.