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Galt High School re-elects Obama, abolishes death penalty

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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:58 am, Sat Oct 20, 2012.

Close to 60 percent of Galt High School re-elected Democrat Barack Obama president in this year’s mock election.

Of the 154 ballots cast by seniors, 88 (58 percent) were in favor of Obama. Fifty-four (35 percent) voted for Republican Mitt Romney, while five (3 percent) were for Roseanne Barr, who is running on the California-based Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

In the District 9 U.S. Congressional race, with 71 votes (56 percent), local Republican Ricky Gill bested incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, who received 56 votes (44 percent) from Galt High students.

A mere two votes separated Proposition 34, which received 76 “yes” votes to abolish the death penalty in California.

More than 200 high school seniors voted last week in the mock election organized by the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters.

“We’ve taken the mystery out of voting,” said Debra Woods, outreach coordinator for the Registrar of Voters.

Everything at the mock polling station was real, from the ballot to the ballot reader. By Monday, the votes should be tallied and the results available.

“It’s a real voting experience,” said Woods, who has worked in county elections for 17 years.

The high school mock elections started in 2005 at four schools but have since grown to 10 schools in the county.

Galt High Principal Maria Orr said she is honored to be at one of 14 schools in the Sacramento area which have the opportunity to participate in mock elections.

“By participating in this process we hope to create a culture of lifelong voters. Our students need to know that their vote matters,” Orr said.

Nationwide, youths have always been underrepresented during elections. In Sacramento County, 54 percent of eligible voters ages 18 to 24 are registered, according to University of California, Davis research. That’s the best showing in the state.

The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.

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