Homework: Kids Voting November 10, 2008

District 51 students turn out to vote in record numbers

Kids Voting got out the vote this election season in record-setting fashion, though these ballot-casters may have to wait a few years for their votes to count.

Kids Voting is an organization dedicated to encouraging civic engagement in students across District 51 and held a mock election alongside the one that decided the next president of the country and several of Colorado’s elected officials Tuesday.

“This was our biggest year yet in 12 years,” said Martha Graf, executive director of Kids Voting.

“More high school students voted than ever.”

About 16,820 District 51 students cast a vote this year, which is about three-fourths of the total student population. Grand Junction High School posted the highest turnout with 67.5 percent of the student body.

Results:

President of the United States: McCain/Palin, 55.5 percent; Obama/Biden, 40.2 percent.

U.S. Senate: Bob Schaffer, 54.8 percent; Mark Udall, 38 percent.

U.S. House of Representatives: John Salazar, 56.1 percent; Wayne Wolf, 43.9 percent.

Colorado House: Steve King, 100 percent.

Bernie Buescher, 50.6 percent; Laura Bradford, 49.4 percent. 

Mesa County Commissioners: Craig Meis, 58.4 percent; Dan Robinson, 41.6 percent.

Janet Rowland, 62.6 percent Dickie Lewis, 37.4 percent. 

Ref. L: 50.2 percent no; 49.8 percent yes

Ref. 0: 40.4 percent yes; 59.6 percent no.

Public Safety Initiative 2A: 50.7 percent yes, 49.3 percent no.

Fruita Rec. Center 2C: 61.5 percent yes, 38.5 percent no.

District 51 bond 2B: 58.4 percent no; 41.6 percent yes.

Increase number of Mesa County commissioners: 53.4 percent; yes 46.6 percent no.


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