Minnesota students choose Trump in mock election

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

 

In Minnesota’s first statewide mock election for high school students, Republican candidate Donald Trump emerged victorious as students’ choice for president of the United States.

The Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election aimed to excite students about using their voice in future elections when they are old enough to cast a ballot. Photo by Olivia Alveshere
The Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election aimed to excite students about using their voice in future elections when they are old enough to cast a ballot. Photo by Olivia Alveshere

Trump was the winner at most area schools as well, collecting the most votes at Andover High School, Anoka High School, Blaine High School and Legacy Christian Academy.

Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate, earned more votes than any other candidate at Anoka-Hennepin Technical High School, Coon Rapids High School and Paladin Career and Technical High School.

Northwest Passage Charter School had an equal number of Trump and Clinton supporters.

A significant number of students voted for third-party candidates, particularly at Paladin Career and Technical High School in Blaine where 40 percent of voters opted to vote third party, most for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Anoka and Blaine high schools both had nearly a third of voters choose a third-party candidate. Libertarian Gary Johnson was the most popular choice for both Anoka and Blaine students.

Students also listed a number of write-in candidates.

Across the state, 77,017 students enrolled in 213 high schools voted in the mock election on and in the days leading up to Mock Election Day Oct. 25.

Trump garnered 34.97 percent of the vote, while Clinton lagged behind with 32.89 percent. The most popular third-party candidate was Dan Vacek with the Legal Marijuana Now party. Vacek earned 5.93 percent of the vote.

At Andover High School, League of Women Voters volunteers “registered” voters during students’ lunch period. Students were asked to provide their name and birth date before being given a ballot.

Junior Jarad Eppenberger voted for Trump, but if he was old enough to vote Nov. 8, he wouldn’t, he said.

“It’s just too sad,” he said calling the election this year more of a joke.

But the election will have a serious impact on the American people, junior Erik Schwartz added.

Schwartz also voted for Trump in the mock election, and he believes a lot of students voted they way that their parents plan to, he said.

Junior Carley Graheck voted for Clinton because she thinks Trump does not have the right qualifications to be president, and she disagrees with his policies, she said.

Junior Lauren Janowiec cast her vote for Trump.

“I’m a conservative,” she said. “I like that he is against abortion.”

Standing beside her, junior Katie Mikesell said she, too, is pro-life, but she voted for Clinton.

“I just can’t agree with some of (Trump’s) views on immigration,” Mikesell said. And as a biracial woman, she has been offended by some of Trump’s actions and comments, she added.

“I’m really impressed with the participation so far,” Andover High School Principal Becky Brodeur said as students lined up to cast their votes Oct. 25. “I’m impressed that they want to have their voice heard.”

The goal of Minnesota Students Vote 2016, organized by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, is to excite students to participate in future elections.

“When young people are given the opportunity to think of themselves as voters, they are more likely to become voters when eligible,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a letter to educators.

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Republican candidate for president Donald Trump won the Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election. Students at Andover High School “register” to vote on Mock Election Day Oct. 25. Students at Andover High School “register” to vote on Mock Election Day Oct. 25. The Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election aimed to excite students about using their voice in future elections when they are old enough to cast a ballot. The Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election aimed to excite students about using their voice in future elections when they are old enough to cast a ballot. Photo by Olivia Alveshere
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The Minnesota Students Vote 2016 mock election aimed to excite students about using their voice in future elections when they are old enough to cast a ballot. Photo by Olivia Alveshere
  • Knuckles Mutatis

    Come on Minnesota, as a Great Lakes State, you are better than embracing the failed Red State ideology of Indiana and Ohio! The rest of us from the region (Michigan here) respect the fact that you have a proud history of being ahead of the curve in voting Blue more times than Red from 1900 till today, and it is the stuff of legend that you were smart enough to put a Bernie Sanders in office 85 years ago (Floyd B Olsen, of course), long before today’s super-progressive Vermont ever dared such a bold move.

    No going back – the rest of the Country, including the previously Red States of VA, CO, NC, NV, are realizing the Blue States like you were right all along, and becoming more Democrat by the day. Now is not the time to quit!

  • Ed Asthma

    You asked for him, you got him kids! You’ll also be the ones to clean up his mess after he’s done shaking things up!