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By Megan Jenkins

Elections come and go, but democracy remains. Curious about how it all works?

In an effort to make Holliston High School students more aware of the way our government works, the social studies department and student council teamed up and put together the student mock election, along with the informative PA announcements occurring all of last week.

The student election was especially important to student council, who run their own student based election annually for the school.

Member of student council and senior Stephanie Berard explained, “Student council began as an elected representative body for the entire student body. This club enables high schoolers from each of the  different grade levels to plan, organize, and solve problems in a way that will encompass the best interest of all ages here.  Now that student council is an elected body, members will be able to take on a greater role in the school through the trust, respect and support from the peers who backed them through voting. Also being part of the ballot, the elected club gained acknowledgement to the importance of what it’s all about!”

The election results were posted Monday morning, just before the country’s own national election on Wednesday.

Member of student council and junior Shelby Cheever said, “ our election will hopefully raise awareness of current issues, and inspire students to vote when they’re old enough.”

The social studies department played a key role in the process by seeking out other students to participate in educational PA announcements, along with being in the live broadcast election coverage during DSB last Friday.

Senior Bijan Ameli, a key figure in running the live election broadcast said, “ It was actually pretty exciting. Live TV truly puts your confidence and your public speaking to the test. It forced me to think on the spot and to act like everything just comes naturally, but really it’s pretty nerve wracking to feel like you always have to be talking but at the same time fun because I’m just up there being myself.”

In a post election interview, junior Megan Cahill said, “I think that the student election is a unique and interactive way for the students of Holliston High School to better understand the mechanics of our own government.”

With this election not so far behind us, and many more in the future, Holliston High School emerges from the political haze and on to better days.

Some frequently asked questions from students  that were answered last week are as follows:

What is the Electoral College? The electoral college is  not a place or an actual college, its a system our country uses to elect our president every four years. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority, 270  or more, electoral votes is needed to elect the President. Any states’ entitled allotment of electors, or electoral votes, equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for every member in the House of Representatives, and two for the Senators.

How do I Vote? Well, In this country you have to be 18 years old to register, but once you meet this age requirement you can register at your town hall. Once you do this, you can vote in your town for every election! If you are away at school or not in your town for the day of the election and still want to vote, you can have the town clerk send you an absentee ballot. With this ballot you can vote, send it back before the election day, and your vote will be counted!

How do I choose a party? When you register to vote, you can register as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. Choosing a political party is up to the individual, that is why it is important to keep an eye on politics and the status of our nation.

What is the difference between popular vote and the electoral college? The popular vote is the actual number of citizens who voted for a candidate, unlike the electoral college system explained previously. However, the presidential election is decided by the electoral college.

Can I only vote for the person in my chosen political party? No! you are not restricted to the political party you chose when you registered, you can vote for WHOMEVER you would like. However, by registering with a particular party, that information will be used for other statistics.

Feel free to email us at holliston.vision@aol.com if you have more questions!

 

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