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The gubernatorial election won’t be decided until the second week of November, but early results will be coming in from Hardin County high school students.
Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker visited Central Hardin High School on Wednesday to oversee mock elections allowing students an opportunity to practice voting. Mock elections also were held at North Hardin and John Hardin high schools.
The schools participated in a grant-funded program last year that brought voting machines and former Secretary of State Trey Grayson to the area. This year, Hardin County Schools administrators wanted to continue the program despite a lack of grant money.
Groups of students filled out paper ballots and fed them through a machine. Walker greeted some of the groups and discussed the importance of voting.
“Right now, in your life, adults make decisions for you,” she said. If today’s students don’t vote when they become adults, that will continue to be the case, she said.
Every two years, 8 million members of the millennial generation reach voting age for federal elections, she said. Their votes can make a difference in election outcomes.
Walker said she appreciates the district’s dedication to educating students on the voting process.
“It helps them understand how important, I think, it is to vote,” she said.
Referring to low voter turnout, she said older citizens need to make some changes, too.
“Part of it is, we, as adults, haven’t set a very good example,” she said.
Mark Kopp, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, wanted to give students the real experience of voting, and asked Walker to take part.
K.J. Hall served as a precinct worker at Central Hardin. Her class studied the candidates before voting. Hall said she had gone to the polls with her mother, but this “was good to actually get to know what to do when I actually vote,” she said.
Results of the election will be available this afternoon.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.