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Mock the Vote: Students in Sammamish and Issaquah Lean Blue in Mock Election

Local students who participated in Washington's mock election overwhelming chose socially progressive platforms and democratic candidates.

Sammamish and Issaquah students appear to lean blue, at least among engaged future voters.

Washington students voted no on decriminalizing marijuana, approved of gay marriage, supported Democrats Jay Inslee and President Barack Obama, and squeaked through public charter schools, in the statewide student mock election, run by the Washington Secretary of State.

The polls for the student mock election closed Friday after a week of student participating. This year, 38,848 students statewide took part in the event, now in its ninth year, according to the Secretary of State's blog. That's more than double the previous record number of student voters in 2008.

In Issaquah, of the 92 ballots cast, charter schools lost 64 percent to 35 percent, while same-sex marriage and decriminalizing marijuana won, as did Democrat candidates for president and governor by wide margins.

In Sammamish charter schools were a big winner, while the 567 participating students echoed Issaquah on the other issues and candidates. Following are the full results of the mock election:

Grades K-5 only voted for the I-1240, Presidential and Gubernatorial races. Grades 6-12 voted on all races.

In Issaquah:
Total ballots cast: 92
Total ballots cast K - 5th grades: 63
Total ballots cast 6th - 12th grades: 29

Initiative Measure 1240 - Concerns creation of a public charter school system
Votes Percentage Yes

30 35.71% No

54 64.29% Referendum Measure 74 - Concerns marriage for same-sex couples
Votes Percentage Approved

20 76.92% Rejected

6 23.08% Initiative to the Legislature 502 - Concerns marijuana
Votes Percentage Yes

15 55.56% No

12 44.44% US President/Vice President Candidate Name Votes Percentage Barack Obama / Joe Biden (Democratic Party Nominees)
62 74.70% Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan (Republican Party Nominees)
21 25.30% Governor Candidate Name Votes Percentage Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic Party)
56 67.47% Rob McKenna (Prefers Republican Party)
27 32.53%

 

Meanwhile in Sammamish, the results were similar:

Total ballots cast: 567
Total ballots cast K - 5th grades: 134
Total ballots cast 6th - 12th grades: 433

Initiative Measure 1240 - Concerns creation of a public charter school system
Votes Percentage Yes

321 62.45% No

193 37.55% Referendum Measure 74 - Concerns marriage for same-sex couples
Votes Percentage Approved

292 73.74% Rejected

104 26.26% Initiative to the Legislature 502 - Concerns marijuana
Votes Percentage Yes

202 50.88% No

195 49.12% US President/Vice President Candidate Name Votes Percentage Barack Obama / Joe Biden (Democratic Party Nominees)
337 64.93% Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan (Republican Party Nominees)
182 35.07% Governor Candidate Name Votes Percentage Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic Party)
273 53.42% Rob McKenna (Prefers Republican Party)
238 46.58%

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