Electoral ABC's: Center Grove Elementary School has mock election

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Carter Zuch knows whom he wants to vote for as president in the general election.

The 10-year-old thinks Mitt Romney would lower taxes and overall thinks he would be a better president than President Barack Obama.

Zuch, a fifth-grader at Center Grove Elementary School, will get the chance to vote in a statewide mock election at his school.

Students in at least seven elementary or intermediate schools across the county will make a pick for president and Indiana governor in statewide school mock elections conducted by Indiana Kids Vote and the Indiana Bar Association.

Each of the estimated nearly 26,000 students statewide who will cast a ballot in the mock election program would have registered before they were allowed to vote.

The decades-old program is used to teach kids basic civic duties and to make voting a habit, Indiana Bar Association spokeswoman Carissa Long said.

“It helps to spark conversations,” she said. “The whole program is based on the premise that voting is done by habit.”

Teachers are trying to help their students realize that voting is every citizen’s duty. They are allowing students to talk about their views on the candidates for a few minutes if the subject comes up.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson spoke at two Center Grove elementary schools this past week about the voting process.

Teachers have taught students the basics of voting and the electoral college before they make their pick.

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