Students follow statewide trends in mock election

November 26, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

New: Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m.

Students statewide and in the Issaquah School District chose the same candidates as grown-up voters — Barack Obama for president and Jay Inslee for governor.

The exercise included 38,848 students statewide. In Sammamish, 581 students cast ballots including classes at Cascade Ridge Elementary, Endeavour Elementary and Pine Lake Middle and Skyline High schools in the Issaquah School District and Samantha Smith elementary, Inglewood Junior High and Eastlake High schools in the Lake Washington School District and some homeschooled children.

The number of students participating statewide shattered the record for participation — about 18,000 students — set in 2008.

Students cast ballots online from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and then Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office posted the results online. The results in the statewide Student Mock Election reflected the outcome in the real election, albeit with different margins.

Statewide, 69 percent of students selected Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. (The margin on the real vote for president in Washington: 56 percent for Obama, 42 percent for Romney.)

In the close race for governor, students picked Inslee by a wide margin over Republican Rob McKenna, 57 percent to 43 percent. (In reality, Inslee edged out McKenna, 51 percent to 49 percent.)

Students narrowly favored charter school Initiative 1240, 51 percent to 49 percent — the same margin as in the actual election.

The marijuana legalization measure, Initiative 502, failed, 51 percent to 49 percent.

The actual measure passed overwhelmingly on Election Day.

Students overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage Referendum 74, 67 percent to 33 percent.

In Sammamish, students approved charter schools (I-1240) 62-38 and gay marriage (R-74) 74-26. They also barely ok’d marijuana legalization, with I-502 passing by three votes 204-201.

Sammamish youth went for Obama by a 65-35 margin, and favored Inslee 53-47.

Students in grades six to 12 voted with a longer ballot featuring the races for president, governor, initiatives 502 and 1240, and R-74. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade voted on president, governor and I-1240.


On the Web

See a school-by-school breakdown of how students voted in Sammamish and statewide in the Secretary of State’s Office Student Mock Election at

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