The Arthur L. Johnson History Club conducted a Mock Election in Language Arts classes during this week. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein all received votes. In addition, Clark is part of the seventh Congressional district where Leonard Lance (R) is running against Peter Jacob (D) for the House of Representatives. Lastly students were asked two questions that the people of New Jersey find important. These are not referendum questions on the ballot in New Jersey.
Of roughly 750 students, 490 students voted in the mock election, representing 65% of the school population. Donald Trump won the mock election with 56% of the vote, followed by Hillary Clinton with 27%. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein each received roughly 7% of the vote.
These numbers will be added to the National Student Mock Election totals and the winners will be announced next week.
While the majority of the school population is not 18 and therefore can’t actually vote on November 8th, many are very passionate about the choices. Liz Archer, a senior, said, “I turn 18 six days after the election. I’m not that disappointed. I think these are both bad choices, although I would have to vote for Trump because of his stance on abortion.”
Kyle Cerasa, a junior supports Hillary Clinton. “If I had to vote I would vote for Hillary because she is less insane than Trump.” Andrew Lakkis, a sophomore, said “I would vote Trump because Washington is broken and we need an outsider to fix it.”
Mr. Fredy Reyes, co-advisor to the History Club explained why doing a mock election is important. “Voting is an important obligation of all citizens. I always tell my students, if you don’t vote you don’t matter.”
The mock election has been held at ALJ for many years. In the last two elections students Barack Obama won their vote.